The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Joshua Richards

SWIN­DON could yet be play­ing Cham­pi­onship foot­ball next year, but one player un­likely to be part of the squad is Mas­simo Luongo.

The 22-year-old has stated his de­sire to find a new chal­lenge, and Robins boss Mark Cooper has re­signed him­self to los­ing the mid­fielder.

Aus­tralian in­ter­na­tional Luongo, who was named player of the tour­na­ment at this year’s Asian Cup, has been a key cog for Swin­don this term.

“If it’s time for him to move on, then it’s time for him to move on,” said Cooper of the ex-Spurs young­ster. “Mas­simo is ob­vi­ously a very am­bi­tious young man.

“He’s been and played on the in­ter­na­tional stage and done very well – he’ll know that there will be eyes be­ing cast over his play.

“He’s got to keep play­ing, and play­ing well, if he is go­ing to go and get the best move that he pos­si­bly can.

“I’ll tell him to keep play­ing and what a way to leave, if you are go­ing to, by win­ning the play-offs and get­ting the club pro­moted.”

OFF: Mas­simo Luongo

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