The 22-year-old won tickets for last season's FA Cup final on the back of his sixth round exploits against Manchester United. The Australian helped the Royals to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford before Sir Alex Ferguson's men won the replay 3-2 in Berkshire.

Steve Coppell's side begin this season's Carling Cup campaign at Swansea tomorrow and Federici was already dreaming of reaching Wembley.

He said: "It was good going there to watch the final last season but all the time I was thinking 'I wish that was me out there'.

"I admit I felt jealous just being a spectator. It's not the same watching while other people are playing.

"I feel there is a chance we could go all the way in this competition. There are always big upsets in the cup and we have already proved we can compete with the big clubs.

"We know it will be tough first of all against Swansea. I admit I don't know much about them but we played them in the same competition a couple of seasons ago and it went into extra time."