Is Ben Gladwin QPR's next Charlie Austin?

Swindon Town

The Swindon Town player has come through the non-league ranks to the brink of the Premier League.

It looks as though QPR are set to beat Aston Villa to the signings of Swindon Town pair Massimo Luongo and Ben Gladwin, as reported by the BBC.

The talents of the former are well known. An Australian international who came through the system at Tottenham Hotspur, his arrival to this point is not out of the norm.

Gladwin on the other hand, is more of a Charlie Austin in the making.

Recently players who have made it the hard way have been in the news. There is Charlie Austin, who came through the non-league ranks to become one of the Premier League's most deadly strikers. Then there is Jamie Vardy, recently called up to the England senior squad.

Gladwin's story is similar.

Like Austin, Gladwin was deemed not good enough by Reading as a youngster. In 2005, aged 12, he was released and has had to make it the hard way.

Spells with Wallingford Town, Hayes & Yeading, Salisbury City, Windsor & Eton, Burnham and Reading Town soon followed.

But he finally came good during a stint with Buckinghamshire club Marlow FC.

He shone for the non-league side and was swiftly snapped up by Swindon, who did similar with Austin from Poole Town.

Now he is set to follow in Austin's footsteps once again by heading to QPR. While it looks like the striker may be on his way out this cultured midfielder can bring a new fairytale to Loftus Road. QPR fans will hope his trajectory continues to be a positive one. Just another player showing it is never too late to make it if you have the talent.

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