After a disappointing end to the 2019-20 campaign for the Melbourne Victory, the club’s first matter of business as they head into the offseason is to appoint a new manager.
Macarthur FC have today bolstered their playing stocks with the signing of experienced Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici.
Federici most recently played with Championship side Stoke City and will link up with the newest A-League franchise after his contract was not renewed by the Potters. He becomes inaugural manager Ante Milicic’s third signing, joining Denis Genreau – who only signed on in the last few days – and Tommy Oar at the western Sydney club.
Federici boasts experience across the top two divisions in England with Reading, Bournemouth and Stoke, and also has 16 international caps to his name with the Socceroos.
His most prolific club campaign, in which he was the clear number one goalkeeper in Reading’s successful promotion from the second division in 2011-12, saw him make 46 appearances in the league. In the following season, he managed 21 appearances in the Premier League.
“Adam’s knowledge and experience in the top European leagues will be invaluable to our squad. The opportunity to strengthen our roster with someone of Adam’s ability and professionalism doesn’t come around often,” Macarthur head coach Ante Milicic said.
Returning to play professionally in his native Australia for the first time, the 35-year-old said he is looking forward to the challenge.
“Football has provided me with many fantastic opportunities around the world. 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,” Federici said.
“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.”
Macarthur boss Milicic will need to build on Federici’s signature and get busy in the player market with the club’s first A-League game now less than five months away.