Aussie Adam Federici set for Premier League with Reading
Adam Federici is set to bolster Australia’s stocks in the English Premier League next season following Reading’s promotion.
ADAM FEDERICI is set to bolster Australia’s stocks in the English Premier League next season following Reading’s promotion.
Australia’s No.2 goalkeeper will play in the English top-flight after Mikele Leigertwood’s goal nine minutes from time secured a 1-0 home win over Nottingham Forest and elevation from the Championship.
With third-placed West Ham drawing 1-1 at Bristol City, Reading’s win provided them with an unassailable eight-point buffer with two matches to play.
Reading will return to the EPL for the first time since relegation in 2008 with the 27-year-old Federici playing a central part in his club’s miserly defence this season.
Reading have produced a storming finish to the season, winning 15 of the past 17 matches, to erase the bitter memories of their 4-2 loss to Swansea in last year’s Championship play-off final at Wembley.
Federici was at his instinctive best in the dying minutes against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night in keeping out Marcus Tudgay’s follow-up strike.
The final whistle ignited wild celebrations as Reading fans ran onto the pitch to embrace their players.
Federici made two EPL appearances for Reading during the 2006-07 season but will return to the competition as a seasoned performer, having established himself as the club’s No.1 for the past three seasons.
Federici will join compatriot Brett Holman in the EPL with the Dutch-based Holman heading to Aston Villa in the off-season.
The pair could be joined by Middlesbrough defender Rhys Williams in a much welcome injection of Australian blood to the EPL.
Seventh-placed Middlesbrough is an outside chance of qualifying for the Championship promotion playoffs this season.
If they fail to do so, Williams is a good chance of earning a transfer to the EPL with Tim Cahill, Mark Schwarzer and Chris Herd the only Australians regularly plying their trade in the competition, and Aussie Brad Jones making the occasional (and very successful) appearance for Liverpool. – AAP