Macarthur FC’s preparations for the upcoming A-League Men season have sustained a blow, with captain Adam Federici announcing his immediate retirement.
- Federici had been appointed Bulls captain for the 2021–22 season
- He says injury is forcing him into retirement
- During his football career, Federici has made 16 appearances for the Socceroos
Federici, 36, was named successor to Mark Milligan as Bulls skipper last month, ahead of the 2021–22 campaign.
However, the former Socceroos goalkeeper has called time on his career because of injury.
“While I would’ve loved to lead the Bulls this season, my body is in a different position and cannot continue,” Federici said in a Bulls statement.
“Through my journey, I have played with wonderful coaches, players and clubs and I’m grateful that I got to finish my career on my home turf.”
Capped 16 times for the Socceroos, Federici spent most of his career in Europe.
He enjoyed an 11-season spell with Reading in the English Premier League and Championship during his time overseas.
Federici returned to Sydney for Macarthur FC’s inaugural A-League Men season in 2020–21, making 28 appearances for the Bulls.
His retirement comes amid reports that Milligan has quit his assistant coaching role with the Bulls.
The A-League Men season kicks off next month.