Highly-rated Massimo Luongo believes Tottenham exit helped him further his career

Swindon Town midfielder Massimo Luongo believes he had to leave Tottenham in order to further his career.

Australia managed to win the 2015 Asia Cup with a 2-1 win over South Korea in the final back in January, which was a huge achievement for Ange Postecoglou's side considering the competition was held in Australia this time around.

In the midst of a historic home tournament win, a star emerged for the Socceroos - Swindon Town's promising young midfielder Massimo Luongo.

The 22-year-old was originally on the books at Tottenham, but chose to leave White Hart Lane in search of first team football with Swindon Town in 2013.

This season, Luongo has been the driving force in Swindon's push for promotion to the Championship, with the Robins up in third place in the League One table.

Having won the Most Valuable Player award at the Asia Cup, Luongo's stock is rising by the week, and he told The Guardian that he had to take a step back from Tottenham in order to take two steps forward with Swindon in a bid to further his career.

"A lot of it was just working hard," said Luongo. "There was no real turning point it was just all in growing up for me. Maybe I’d take one step back but two steps forward at a time. I had to go back a few times to go forward, like I did with Swindon."

"I had to drop down two leagues and that got me into the Asian Cup. So there’s been a lot of things like that all through my career. But I’ve learnt from that and taking a step back isn’t as bad as people think as long as it drives you to go forward," he added.

Luongo is now thriving in Wiltshire under Mark Cooper, and even if Swindon don't earn promotion to the second tier, Luongo is surely on his way to a higher level than League One this summer, with Swindon Link Sport suggesting that Brentford, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sevilla are all interested in signing him.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch