Maccarone eyes new deal
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Massimo Maccarone would be willing to extend his contract at Middlesbrough.Massimo Maccarone would be willing to extend his contract at Middlesbrough.
The Italian striker has largely been an expensive flop on Teesside since joining the club for a record fee from Empoli three years ago.
He undertook loan spells with Parma and Siena last season and appeared poised for another campaign away from The Riverside Stadium.
But he has flourished in recent weeks and proved his worth to the club with the decisive goal against Arsenal last weekend.
Boro boss Steve McClaren lauded the 26-year-old's improvement and Maccarone is now prepared to discuss a new deal with the club.
"He has always liked the club, enjoyed being there," Maccarone's agent Paolo Fabbri told the Sunday Sun.
"But perhaps now he is as happy at Middlesbrough as he has ever been.
"The manager has been good for his confidence and told Massimo he believes he is now playing very well, the way which he hoped he would when he first bought him from Empoli.
"Massimo's current contract expires in 2007 and he'd certainly be open to offers to extend that, if he is playing regularly in the team.
"He is feeling good and very fit and still badly wants to succeed at Middlesbrough and play for them regularly in The Premiership."