Saturday 04 August 2012
Goalkeeper Adam Federici has agreed to extend his stay at Reading by signing a new contract with the Barclays Premier League club.
The 27-year-old Australian, who first joined the Royals in 2005 from Italian club Sassari Torres, has put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him at the club until 2015.
"It's going to be great putting myself up against some of the best players and top goalies in the world"
- Adam Federici
"I've been here a long time," Federici told the club's official website. "I've put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears so it wouldn't have been right to do anything other than sign again."
"I used to get a little bit annoyed when people talked about me being the best in the Championship because I want to be judged on a bigger scale," added the former Wolves goalkeeper, who has made 143 appearances for Reading and been capped six times by Australia.
"Thankfully, I can have that to look forward to this season. It's going to be great to be putting myself up against some of the best players and the top goalies in the world, which is what I have dreamed of since I first came over here."
Reading manager Brian McDemott said: "He is a lesson to young professionals about what is required to get to the top of your game. His work-rate, diligence and desire are second to none."
Chairman Sir John Madejski added: "I'm over the moon he has signed for us once more. He is without doubt one of the best goalkeepers in the country and was vital in getting us promoted again."
Director of football Nick Hammond also lauded the Australia international. "Adam was the best goalkeeper in the Championship last year, and I think he'll prove to be one of the best in the Premier League as well," he said.