Queens Park Rangers' summer addition has been speaking about why he chose not to join Aston Villa or West Bromwich Albion.
The 22-year-old impressed at Swindon Town and it is no surprise he has now been picked up by the London club. But what is slightly more surprising is the fact that while Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion were also said to be interested, the Australian opted for Chris Ramsey’s side.
Villa manager Tim Sherwood recently told the Birmingham Mail that it may have been the best option for Luongo despite his interest in the former Tottenham youth player, with chances likely to be at a premium in the top flight next season. And now Luongo has confirmed that affected his thinking when it came to making a decision on his future.
“Joining QPR is probably my best chance to play regularly, assuming that I impress and give them a reason to pick me,” the midfielder said.
“With the players and resources they have at West Brom and Villa, they could probably afford to buy a bigger squad and maybe opportunities may have been limited.”
Luongo is a very talented player and in time he could be starting regularly in the English top flight, either with QPR or elsewhere. But whatever happens in the future, it is clear he has his head screwed on and sought out regular first-team football over the immediacy of playing for a Premier League side.
For Villa and West Brom, their search for new recruits goes on, but QPR will know they have signed a promising young talent who is more than ready for the step up.