Reading Football Club are delighted to announce that goalkeeper Adam Federici
has signed a new contract until the summer of 2015.
Adam's previous contract had less than 12 months to run, so this represents a major signing for the Royals. In a summer when the club have brought in six new faces, securing Adam's long term future takes on the very same importance.
At 27 Adam is a fantastic age for a goalkeeper, and even though he already has experience of the World Cup, Olympics and Barclays Premier League, he will no doubt continue to grow as he returns to the best league in the world.
The Australian international first joined the club in December 2004, and has gone on to make 163(+3) games, scoring one goal.
Chairman Sir John Madejski said, "Adam has been an absolute mainstay of our football club for nearly eight years now, he is part of our backbone and was so vital in getting us promoted again. He has a tremendous pedigree and I'm over the moon he has signed for us once more because he is without doubt one of the best goalkeepers in the country."
Director of Football Nick Hammond added, "This is a very, very important signing for us. Adam was the best goalkeeper in the Championship last year and I think he will prove to be one of the best in the Premier League as well. He is a magnificent example to young players of what can be achieved when hard work and dedication are allied with talent. We are all delighted that he has signed."
Manager Brian McDermott said, "I am really pleased to have secured Adam for another three years. I have known him for a number of years now, it seems like time has flown and he has constantly been developing into a top class goalkeeper. He is a lesson to young pros about what is required to get to the top of your game. His workrate, diligence and desire are second to none and we're delighted he's chosen to commit to us again."
Adam added, "It's absolutely great to have signed this new contract. I've been here a long time, 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. The club has got great backing, there's a real good feel around the place, the club is only going in one direction and that's upwards."
A new video interview with Adam is online here on Reading FC Player.