Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici sticks with Reading

The 27-year-old on the cusp of his first English Premier League season as Reading's No.1, and has underlined his commitment by signing a new deal

Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici has signed a new contract that will keep him at Reading until the end of the 2014-15 season.

The 27-year-old joined Reading in December 2004, and has gone on to make 163 appearances for Brian McDermott's side, who secured their return to the English Premier League in April by winning the Championship title.

Federici said he was delighted to have committed his future to the club

"It's absolutely great to have signed this new contract," he said.

"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."

Reading manager McDermott was pleased to see his first-choice goalkeeper re-commit, and hailed Federici's discipline and desire to succeed.

"I am really pleased to have secured Adam for another three years," McDermott said.

"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."

Sydney-born Federici has earned six caps for Australia since making his full international debut in 2010.

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