Fringe Socceroo goalkeeper Adam Federici is hoping that his transfer to Stoke City can help to reignite his career.
The 33-year-old completed his transfer from Premier League club Bournemouth to Championship side Stoke yesterday, penning a two-year contract at the bet365 Stadium.
He's instantly set his sights on helping Stoke, relegated last season, win instant promotion back to the top-flight.
“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," he told his new club's website.
“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."
Federici played 16 times in Bournemouth's first top-flight season in 2015-16, but has struggled badly at club level for any on-field time since. He has 16 caps for Australia but last featured for the Socceroos in 2016.
As such, he has no reservations about stepping down a division.
“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," he said.
He is in line to be Stoke's first-choice keeper, with current No.1 Jack Butland in high demand and back-up stopper Lee Grant having joined Manchester United.
However, Stoke head coach Gary Rowlett is offering no guarantees.
“Adam is a player with bags of experience, with Reading notably and Bournemouth as well," he said of the Nowra-born gloveman.
“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 came through the FFA Centre of Excellence in 2002 and has spent almost his entire career playing for clubs throughout the English league system.