QPR's Luongo taking his game to the next level
The midfielder enjoyed a breakout 2014-2015 campaign with club and country, and is aiming for more after stepping up a level into the Championship.
He knocked back offers from EPL sides Aston Villa to join QPR. The Hoops were relegated from the Premier League but Luongo likes the long-term plans being put in place at the club.
“I think first and foremost they want to build a club up from the bottom because I think in the past people have used QPR as a stepping stone to get forward,” the Socceroo said.
“They want to build it as club in the long run so people want to come there and achieve things at the club. The way they’re talking it’s not going to be easy but obviously I think promotion would be good because they’ve got bigger plans than that.”
In a sign of his rising star power, the Aussie recently linked with global football brand New Balance.
Luongo had an incredibly busy last season, making 40 appearances in league, play-offs and cup competitions. The 22-year old also fitted in a World Cup in Brazil and a successful Asian Cup campaign in Australia.
He missed the Socceroos’ opening World Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan with an ankle injury.
At QPR Luongo will be competing against the likes of Leroy Fer, Alejandro Faurlin, Karl Henry, Ben Gladwin and Sandro for a spot in the Hoops’ midfield.
“First of all I have to stay fit and I get more better with the more games I play,” he said.
“I just need to keep doing my best. Training is a big thing, I can’t waste any training sessions. In League One you can get away with mistakes and stuff like that but you go up a league and it gets tougher and if you make mistakes the other team will punish you.
“I’ve got to work hard. I’ve got my move but I think it’s not going to slow down for me, I’ve got to keep pushing and keep trying to do more.”