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OPINION: Why I'm Glad 'Fumblerici' Is No Longer Our Problem

While most fans have been quick to lament the departure of Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici, one Royals fan isn't shedding too many tears.

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So then, Adam Federici departs Reading Football Club after ten years with us. Ten years which started with Federici signing for us on non-contract terms and reportedly sleeping on Ibrahima Sonko's sofa while battling his way to get a professional contract. His endeavour and drive to knuckle down is very commendable indeed, but I'm afraid that's where Federici's fairytale begins and ends.

Since his breakthrough to the Reading FC first team after the departure of a truly great Marcus Hahnemann, Federici's career has been punctuated by controversy, inconsistency, poor performances and moments where his ego simply gets the better of him.

I could write an article on how he constantly failed to command the penalty area from set pieces/crosses, how his shot stopping often left a lot to be desired or how his communication often seemed poor. Instead, these are the reminders as to why life without the Australian will not be as disastrous as majority of naive Reading FC fans on Social Media would have you believe.

For starters, there's the 'come & get me plea' interview Federici did on Sky Sports News in the wake of our play-off failure in 2011. His ego dictated that his desire to play in the Premier League should be more important than the thoughts of Reading Football Club & their fans.

Then we move on to basic, individual errors. His recent Wembley woe immediately springs to mind, as does a simple error he made to gift Robbie Earnshaw a tap in & cost us an early season victory at home to Forest in August 2010.

2011/2012 was a marvellous season for Reading FC & it would be insulting for me to not credit Federici with any involvement in our title winning season. He was immense in one game in particular, Brighton away. However, history repeated itself and once in the Premier League, Federici's ego once again took over.

Home to Stoke on the opening day & Federici fumbled a Michael Kightly shot into the net (check about 2:15 on the video below), days later he conceded two soft goals to allow us to fall behind to the mighty Peterborough twice in the League Cup. Brian McDermott rightly took action and dropped him in favour of promising Alex McCarthy for the game at home to Spurs.

What proceeded was absolutely deplorable. Federici posted a swiftly deleted photo of his Number 1 shirt on Instagram with a caption reinforcing his claim to still be the number one keeper at the club. Similarly his Mrs jumped onto Twitter to slate the club quicker than Federici could drop a shot into the goal. She even had the bare faced audacity to question the club's loyalty.

His recent non-commitment over a new contract, reportedly high wages & history for being a character who allows his ego to write cheques his talent can't cash; these are the reasons why I'm glad he's now AFC Bournemouth's problem. The cherry on top of this cake is being able to watch his errors week in, week out all over the national media next season....for which, I cannot wait.

Jamie Butler@persandwichman

So that's Jamie's opinion but how do you feel about the goalkeeper's departure? Please let us know in the comments section below.