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Nowra goalie to captain Macarthur Bulls


Nowra's Adam Federici has done a lot in football - from playing English Premier League to donning the green and gold for the Socceroos and Australia's Olympic team.

And after returning to Australia at the start of the last A League season to join fledgling club the Macarthur Bulls, the accomplished goalkeeper has been appointed the captain for the 21-22 season.

And after the Bulls reached the semis in their first season, Federici hopes to take them a bit further.

"I'm excited by it, looking forward to the new season starting, and it's pretty cool for me to be able to captain a new club and hopefully be able to have another successful campaign and improve on last season," he said.

One of the most experienced players in the Bulls squad, Federici picks up the armband following the retirement of inaugural club captain and fellow former Socceroo, Mark Milligan.

The 188cm shot-stopper has a wealth of topflight experience, appearing in over 280 matches across the English Premier and Championship leagues and was instrumental in the success the Bulls achieved in our first A-League campaign. 

Federici said wearing the armband was an honour.

“It is very special to be given an opportunity like this and I am very proud and honoured to be named captain.

“Working alongside Milligan last year, I know the dedication and expectation required for the role but I am privileged to follow in his steps and be the best captain I can be."

However he did not expect much to change with his on-field role.

"I've always been in some sort of leadership role, particularly with the position I play, so for me nothing changes, and for the lads here they know that as well so they're still going to get the same things day-in, day-out," Federici said.

"We see everything as the goal keeper, from the position of the goal keeper you see everything in front of you and have that point of view," he explained.

"You have to be vocal, you have to organise people and you have to be able to speak to everyone."

They were traits that caught the eye of Macarthur FC Head Coach, Ante Milicic.

“Adam is a natural leader and we saw this last year when he was captain for a few games," Milicic said.

"We have seen what he has achieved internationally and in the past season in the A-League. His experience and knowledge of what is required to be successful, will be the driven standard amongst the playing group.

“He is someone who strives for team excellence every day and has the respect and trust of the entire football club to be a brilliant captain.” Milicic said. 

Federici said he was attracted to the A-League club by the chance to get a lot of game time, and also return to living on the South Coast.


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