HUSKISSON football product Adam Federici has decided to swap gloves, moving from AFC Bournemouth to Stoke City FC.
The 33-year-old, who is Stoke’s third signing of the summer, has signed a two-year contract and strengthens the goalkeeping resources at Gary Rowett’s disposal following the departure of second choice Lee Grant to Manchester United.
Federici follows Nigerian World Cup star Oghenekaro Etebo and striker Benik Afobe in checking-in at the bet365 Stadium ahead of the 2018/19 season.
“Adam is a player with bags of experience, with Reading notably and Bournemouth as well,” manager Gary Rowett said.
“He’s an excellent professional, great trainer and a very good goalkeeper who we see as one of three senior keepers who need to be pushing each other.
“I’m really pleased that we have been able to bring him into the club.”
Federici moved to England in 2003 when he joined Wolves but his career really gathered pace with Reading.
He spent 10 years on their books, making more than 200 league appearances.
He joined Bournemouth three years ago and made eight Premier League appearances for them – before most recently signing with the Potters.
“I am delighted to be here [Stoke City] – it is an ambitious club with a great set-up, so I am really looking forward to it,” Federici said.
“I am so excited, this is a big club and I am just looking forward to getting to work now and helping get this club back where it belongs."
“I’ve had a frustrating past 12 months or so, my future has been up in the air, but this is a great move for me and I just want to work hard, get back to being the goalkeeper I was and helping Stoke City.”
“I have played in the Championship before, I know how tough and demanding it is but I also know what it takes to be successful and win promotion too, so hopefully I can come in and play a part.”
Federici has been capped 16 times by Australia and was a member of their squad at the 2010 World Cup.