LUONGO AIMS TO STIR UP SOME TRANS­FER TALK

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By John Hunter

AUS­TRALIA have named two League One play­ers for their pro­vi­sional World Cup squad and Mas­simo Luongo says Brazil could bring with it a bounty of Pre­mier League of­fers.

Luongo be­gan his ca­reer at Tot­ten­ham be­fore pitch­ing up at Swin­don last sum­mer with­out mak­ing a top-flight ap­pear­ance.

The 21-year-old mid­fielder has im­pressed this sea­son, though, scor­ing six goals in a gru­elling 53-game cam­paign for the Robins.

And he hopes that a star show against Spain in the Soc­ceroos’ fi­nal Group B game could spark some in­ter­est.

“It’s good be­cause it gets my name out and teams will know I’ve got this ex­pe­ri­ence un­der my belt,” said Luongo.

“It can’t hurt my ca­reer in Eng­land and go­ing into the trans­fer win­dow, it could spark up a few things.

“(Xabi) Alonso and Xavi, they’re big play­ers I look up to. I love watch­ing Real Madrid and see­ing Alonso.”

Pre­ston’s Bai­ley Wright has joined Luongo in the pre-tour­na­ment camp in Ter­ri­gal, New South Wales, af­ter North End’s play-off semi-fi­nal de­feat to Rother­ham on Thurs­day.

And Luongo has no doubt that,de­spite ply­ing his trade in the third tier of English foot­ball, he can cut it with the world’s best.

“Ev­ery­one wants to makes it into the Pre­mier League, that’s been one of my goals since I came to Eng­land,” he said.

“I’ve had a taste of it,I know what it’s like and I’m more than com­fort­able to play at that level. I’ve got a few things to learn and to de­velop in­di­vid­u­ally as a player, per­son­ally and on the pitch.I want to do some things in my ca­reer, and that’s a short-term goal.

“I’m not re­ally star-struck I’m more look­ing to how good they re­ally are, and what they have that I don’t.”

DUEL: Swin­don’s Mas­simo Luongo, left, tus­sles with Tran­mere’s Liam Ride­halgh

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