Reading to offer Federici new deal

Reading have confirmed out-of-contract Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici will be offered a new deal.

The 30-year-old, who has 10 Socceroo caps, has been linked with a move to Premier League club Southampton despite being an ever-present at Reading this term.

Federici marked his 49th and final appearance of the season with a fine performance which included a penalty save in a 3-0 win at Derby County on Saturday.

Royals boss Steve Clarke confirmed Federici, among several off-contract players, would be offered a new deal, although it is expected to be lower than his current deal due to the club’s financial restrictions.

“They'll be offered contracts and after that they hold all the cards,” Clarke told reporters.

“There are some players out of contract, the majority will be offered a new one but we have to wait and see whether they'll accept the contract offered.”

Last week, Federici won both Reading's players' and supporters' Player of the Season awards.

When pressed about Federici’s chances of re-signing, Clarke added: “There is no point speculating.

“The offers have been made and now we have to wait.”

Federici, who turned down the chance to be part of Australia’s 2015 Asian Cup squad in order to focus on Reading, is originally from Nowra in the New South Wales South Coast region.

He came through the NSWIS and AIS, and never played for a National Soccer League club before moving to England for a series of trials.

Meanwhile, the 30-year-old was subject to numerous chants from the Derby fans which focused on his costly mistake in last month’s FA Cup semi-final, making his penalty save even sweeter.

The spot kick save came with Reading 1-0 up and Derby needing to avoid defeat in order to reach the Championship playoffs.

“He deserved to save it,” Clarke told reporters.

“The Derby supporters were giving him a hard time over something that was ridiculous.

“When you sing like that, you get your punishment.

“For Derby and their supporters the punishment was he saved the penalty. It was the best way to get retribution.”