Mark Iuliano believes Messina can have a positive season, but believes avoiding relegation is the club's top priority.
Experienced defender Iuliano recently joined the Serie A outfit on a one-year deal following a brief spell with Sampdoria.
"We are expecting an engaging season, but avoiding relegation is still difficult," said Iuliano.
"Anyway, I'm convinced we have the chance to do well.
"I'm lacking a lot of match fitness, but coach Bruno Giordano will evaluate my fitness."