The Italian has suggested he is ready to make a number of changes to the squad he inherited from Martin O'Neill after Sunderland narrowly avoided relegation last season.
Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon have already left the Stadium of Light after their contracts came to an end, while Phil Bardsley is also expected to move on in the summer.
Di Canio has indicated there could be a number of exits at Sunderland in the coming months and the former Swindon boss admits he has already started thinking about bringing in his own targets.
"I was happy before, but you can imagine how happy I'll be if we can get the right players," he told the Sunderland Echo
"I can't wait, because, as a manager, if you have the chance to build a team and choose the right individuals, that makes you excited.
"I'm already starting to think how to link things in situations and bring out the potential of players so they can express their football better. It's a good job and one I love."
He added: "I want to see quality next year, with the team playing good football.
"You will see a different team for sure. You will see a clear identity in the future."