"Obviously it was (Rino) Gattuso who played a big part in persuading me to move to Palermo, he spoke to me about a few things where they want to be and hopefully I can go over there and score a few goals and help them win the league and put them back into Serie A," Lafferty told Sky Sports.
"I am looking forward to it and once Italy came knocking on the door there was no decision to be made, it was always going to be yes.
"Obviously in January Palermo tried to sign me when they were in Serie A and I would have liked to have gone then but unfortunately the deal didn't go through.
"But I am a Palermo player now and I can't wait to get started.
"Palermo is a massive club and should be in Serie A and not Serie B."