Adam Federici has admitted he would love to one day captain both club and country.
Federici, who has been out with a knee injury since February 19, told the Reading Post that commanding respect amongst his peers, just as recently-retired Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting did, is something he is striving for.
“I would like to command the kind of respect that he has,” Federici said. “I would have loved to have been captain here and I see myself as a senior player.
"I try to set an example for the younger guys with my work ethic and the way I go about things.
“One day I would like to be a captain and if I ever got the chance to captain Australia that would be unbelievable.”
Federici said he was a chance to come back into the squad for Saturday’s clash with Portsmouth at Madejski Stadium but was not holding his breath.
“I'd like to be involved on Saturday, but that's up to the manager," he added.
"The injury has been quite tough and strenuous work but it's gone well and I'm back to full training now.
"I'm just trying to get over the last hurdle which is kicking off the ground, and obviously that's a big part as a goalkeeper.
"But hopefully I'll be back to that by the end of this week so we'll see how it goes."