ADAM Federici has played for the Socceroos, in the English Premier League and in front of a crowd of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium but it is important to remember his career started locally with Huskisson.
It is certainly something the club remembers and on Saturday they played their part to recognise his achievements.
In their final home game of the season, Huskisson wore the strip of Reading F.C, the English Championship club where Federici currently plays, in their match against Culburra.
All their players also wore the name ‘Federici’ on the back of their jerseys.
It seemed to work wonders as well, with the home side upsetting their higher-ranked opponents 6-2.
Huskisson coach Sam Tooley said the club has been amazed by Federici’s achievements and this was a great way to show their appreciation.
“Only so many players get the opportunity to play at that level and that’s not bad for a Huskisson junior,” Tooley said.
Tooley said they have had the idea for a while and when Federici found out, he sent them some extra Reading jerseys to help.
Tooley said the concept was well supported by the players and the crowd.
“Everybody really got a lift from wearing them and the crowd loved it,” he said.
“It’s also a way of showing the kids that they can fulfill the same dream.”
Despite the win, the odds are stacked against them to qualify for the finals and their fate now rests in the hands of other teams.
Tooley is still hopeful they can be there and thinks they can give it a good go if they get a crack at it.