Aussie stopper says thanks after 'emotional journey'Goalkeeper Adam Federici has today put pen to paper on a three-year contract with AFC Bournemouth and the Aussie international contacted the Royals’ press office yesterday asking if he could write a message of thanks to all those he has encountered during what has been ten glorious years at Reading…
To everyone at Reading Football Club and all those who follow the Royals…thank you for everything.
As you know, I am making the move down to the south coast having signed for Bournemouth this afternoon. It is a brand new challenge which I am very much looking forward to, but of course I am very sad to leave so many friends behind at a club which has been a massive part of my life since arriving on this side of the world.
I will never forget that Reading Football Club took a chance on me. Back then, I needed a break and Reading gave me that opportunity. From that moment onwards, I’ve never looked back. I started at the bottom and made my way to the top at Reading, winning promotion to the Premier League, reaching back-to-back FA Cup quarter-finals, playing at Wembley twice…and of course earning the fans’ appreciation with the Player of the Season award this season. It has been an emotional journey, on which I have made a lot of friends and met a lot of lovely people. And one I have really enjoyed.
My friends and family back in Australia are a long way away. So from the moment I arrived in Reading, this club has been my home, and the people I have worked with and grown close to have been my family.
There are too many to thank – all the players I have had shared a dressing room with, the goalkeepers I have learned so much from and trained with, day in, day out, all the managers I have had the privilege to play for, the Chairman, Nick Hammond, the coaching staff – especially Sal of course, who has been like a father figure to me ever since I arrived and to who I owe so much…and of course the supporters who have stuck by me throughout and who have sung my name from the stands, home and away. Thank you.
I’ve dedicated ten years of my life to the club and it was a tough, tough decision to leave. But after ten years here, now it is time for a new adventure. I am excited about the prospect of another crack at the Premier League and I am really keen to meet up with my new teammates in a few weeks’ time. I will never forget my ten years as a Reading player and I wish only the best for Reading Football Club - I hope you are successful next season and get back to where you deserve to be. But now it is time for me to start making new memories.