Junior Jeggo set to make waves in Norway

Australian midfielder Luc Jeggo wants to make his mark in European football with the Norwegian season starting this weekend.

The former Melbourne Victory youth team member, the younger brother of Sturm Graz’s James Jeggo, joined Norwegian 2.Division club Florø Sportsklubb two months ago.

Florø SK play in the third tier in Norway, two levels below the Tippeligaen.

Jeggo has arrived at the club following trials in Hungary and England, and after a stint in the Victorian NPL with Bentleigh Greens.

“I’ve signed for the year,” he told FourFourTwo. 

“But it’s been really good, it’s a really well-run club. They’re known for developing players. I’m really happy with how things are going. The main thing for me coming into Europe was to get back into a full-time training environment.

“In the NPL the longer you stay training two, three times a week the harder it is to make that jump back up to the A-League level. Also I knew that not many players in my spot had actually gone over and made it work.

“I felt like it wasn’t because we’re not good enough in Australia, it’s just a lot of players don’t want to get out of their comfort zone.”

Jeggo came through the Victorian Institute of Sport and spent five years with Melbourne Victory, captaining the club’s National Youth League side.

Unable to crack the a first-team spot in the crowded midfield he left Victory in 2014 and joined Bentleigh, before a knee injury sidelined for most of the year.

“I know coming back from my knee it would be tough in the A-League,” Jeggo said.

“I had an agent trying to source something in Australia but it wasn’t happening. I wanted to stay in a full-time professional environment.”

After several weeks in Hungary, Jeggo spent time looking for a club in the UK before eventually finding his way to Norway.

“It was really tough (in Hungary) with the foreigner rules,” he said.

“I left Hungary and went to England, but no one would really have a look at me. I had a chat to Brent McGrath, from my time in Bentleigh, and I thought the Scandavian region would be good. Brent said he could put me in touch with his agent and things went from there.”

The box-to-box midfielder is excited to get going in the PostNord-ligaen, with Florø SK hosting Fyllingsdalen in round one and he club are aiming for promotion this season.

“I’m hoping next year to step up a division, which will put me in the first division,” Jeggo explained.

“We’re hoping we can go up this year and get into the first division. In two, three years time I want to be in a top division somewhere in Europe. That’s my goal.”

Luc’s brother James left Adelaide United to sign for Sturm Graz in January. The 24-year old has yet to make an appearance in Austria.

“I’ve spoken to him and obviously it’s a been a good move for him as he’s said it’s a step up in terms of the quality, just the speed in training,” Luc said.

“He’s enjoying it but he’s finding it a bit hard at the moment because they’ve got foreign rules in Austria. They’ve got their foreign rules for the year and they’re trying to push through his citizenship.

“He’s hoping that will come through and will make it easier to play. But the sounds of it they’re really happy with him. I think it’s going to be a good move for him when he settles down.”