Socceroo Massimo Luongo says he’s signed for QPR rather than an EPL club because of his previous association with Rangers manager Chris Ramsey.
Luongo has ended months of speculation over his future by signing a three-year-deal with Championship-bound club Queens Park Rangers.
Luongo, who signed for Swindon Town from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, worked with QPR director of football Les Ferdinand and head coach Chris Ramsey during his time at White Hart Lane.
The 22-year-old enjoyed a stellar season with the Robins in League One, contributing six goals and eight assists as the club reached the Playoff Final, ultimately succumbing to Preston North End.
Speaking with QPR TV (http://www.qpr.co.uk/) after signing, the rising star of the national team of Australia said Rangers boss Chris Ramsey had swayed his decision.
“I sat down with the manager and it was where he wanted to go with the club,” he said.
“He sold it to me really well. And obviously I worked with the manager before at Tottenham … and that made it even more comfortable coming here.
“I’m coming in and already have the knowledge of how he plays.”
Ramsey coached Luongo, 22, at Spurs in their youth set up before the Aussie signed with Swindon two years ago.
Luongo first met Ramsey as a 17-year-old at White Hart Lane and is looking forward to rekindling their association.
And the Sydneysider expects to play week in week out.
“It’s when I’m at my best,” he told QPR TV. “I’m all for playing as many games as I can.
“The step up [to the Championship] will be a challenge but I’ve always backed myself.”