Macarthur FC signs experienced goalkeeper

Adam Federici
Adam Federici

Macarthur FC has announced its second signing in a week, with Adam Federici joining the club on a two-year deal.

The experienced goalkeeper's signature follows Tuesday's announcement that Denis Genreau had joined the fledgling club.

The two join former Socceroo Tommy Oar, who's signing was announced in January.

Federici has also represented Australia with the Socceroos, playing 16 games in the green and gold since his debut against Uruguay in 2007.

The six-foot-two gloveman has played almost 300 in the English Premier and Championship leagues, with Stoke and Reading.

Federici, who hails from Nowra on the south coast, said he was exciting to be playing in his home country.

"Football has provided me with many fantastic opportunities around the world," he said.

"To be able to come back to Australia and play football, not only at a start-up club, but also only 90 minutes from where I grew up is something I could not pass on.

"The Macarthur region has always had a strong football following and I'm looking forward to seeing the passion from our fans in our debut season."

Federici's stint with the Bulls will actually mark his first professional football in Australia.

Coach Ante Milicic said Federici's wealth of experience would be crucial for the new team.

"Adam's knowledge and experience in the top European leagues will be invaluable to our squad," he said.

"The opportunity to strengthen our roster with someone of Adam's ability and professionalism doesn't come around often."

Federici left Australia at age 17 to pursue his professional soccer dreams.

He began his career with the Wolverhampton Wanderers, before joining Torres in the Serie C1 competition.

He then returned to England and played 11 seasons with Reading, where he was regarded as one of the best players to have ever donned the gloves for the team.

Federici linked with AFC Bournemouth in 2015, before agreeing to terms with Stoke City.

For Australia, he played for the national under-23s side in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, and also competed with the Olyroos at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Macarthur FC joins the A-League in the 2020/21 season as the 12th club - and second expansion team - in the national competition.

They will be based at Campbelltown Stadium.

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