Australian international goalkeeper who is a mainstay between the sticks, with experience in the Premier League, Olympics and World Cup. A determined and driven athlete with a fantastic mentality, he came through the famous Australian Institute of Sport, then moved half way across the globe to begin his career in football.
He first trialled with Bolton before joining Wolves on a non-contract basis for much of their 2002/3 promotion season, and was then on to Italian club Sardenga. He soon decided he wanted to return to England, spending a couple of months with Leeds in the summer of 2004.
He came to Madejski Stadium on non-contract terms in late 2004, and such was his determination and drive to earn himself a deal in Berkshire, he slept on Ibrahima Sonko's sofa for a short period. In the early part of the 2005/6 season he was on the bench for a number of Royals games, and stayed on non-contract terms while also playing for non-Leaguers Carshalton. His hard work and ability paid dividends in the summer of 2006 when he signed a one-year professional contract with Reading, and he soon celebrated his new deal by scoring in a pre-season friendly at Bromley after being thrown up front!
After impressing in the FA Cup, particularly when winning player of the round for a superb display at Old Trafford, he signed a new contract to further commit himself to the club, and he also made his Premiership debut away at Tottenham, marking the next stage in a quite remarkable journey. When Marcus Hahnemann left in 2009, Federici rightly took his place between the sticks and has been first choice ever since. An incredibly gifted and driven individual, he is up there as one of Reading's finest ever glovesmen. Long may it continue.