SWINDON TOWN: Luongo says he will improve

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MASSIMO Luongo insists there is still more to come from him after agreeing to return to Swindon Town on season-long loan.

The youngster spent the final two months of last season at the County Ground, but has now signed on for the entire 2013/14 campaign and becomes a major addition to Kevin MacDonald’s new-look squad.

The Australian impressed during his initial loan spell, but believes he has more to give and is hopeful MacDonald will be able to bring the best out of him.

“There is always more to come from me, and when I’m feeling confident I pull other things out the bag and my performance gets better,” he said.

“At the moment I’m confident because I know the club and I know the other boys, so hopefully that will help me bring out other stuff on the pitch.

“I want to try and score more goals and shoot more, and last season every time I got the ball I was asked to drive with it and try to make something happen.

“Normally at Tottenham I’m the sort of player who sits a bit deeper and plays it around, but I have it in me to drive and the manager helps bring that out of me.”

Luongo always knew there was a chance he could return to the County Ground if he was still at Tottenham come the end of the summer transfer window, but admitted he didn’t expect to return to Wiltshire so early in pre-season.

“Tottenham mentioned to me that a few of the other boys were coming to Swindon, and I probably have the best chance of playing regular football at this club which is important for me,” he said.

“I am happy to be back here because I enjoyed it last year, and I am familiar with the whole place and comfortable around the ground which helps and makes things easier.

“I didn’t expect to be back so early, although I thought maybe if I was still at Tottenham it would be a big possibility I would come back, and it’s good to be here.

“It’s good to have a long time to get used to the players I am playing with and get used to the team, and there is a sort of fitness you need for this league.

“I was fortunate going to Tottenham and doing pre-season there, so I haven’t experienced a league one before, but coming from Australia we are used to that sort of thing.

“The manager here works us hard and the first session was hard, but he does put the ball in too so that suits me.”

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6:12am Wed 3 Jul 13

california andy says...

All sounds very positive. Liked KMac's comments, and do hope 2-3 more of the high earners move on so he can get a couple of experienced old hands of his choice in soon, so the squad can begin to settle. Perhaps Caddis may yet be persuaded to stay and be one of them. But these seem like very high quality youngsters. Have to hope the Villa centre half is over his injuries, as that would be another nice addition. Really looking forward to August and seeing a new team out there. Positive signs after all the turmoil of recent months.
All sounds very positive. Liked KMac's comments, and do hope 2-3 more of the high earners move on so he can get a couple of experienced old hands of his choice in soon, so the squad can begin to settle. Perhaps Caddis may yet be persuaded to stay and be one of them. But these seem like very high quality youngsters. Have to hope the Villa centre half is over his injuries, as that would be another nice addition. Really looking forward to August and seeing a new team out there. Positive signs after all the turmoil of recent months. california andy

9:19am Wed 3 Jul 13

Another view says...

He looked very promising last season, despite coming in at a very unsettled time, so no doubt he will drive on from there, and help the other Spurs kids settle in.
He looked very promising last season, despite coming in at a very unsettled time, so no doubt he will drive on from there, and help the other Spurs kids settle in. Another view

9:54am Wed 3 Jul 13

pastor_of_muppets says...

Best piece of transfer news so far, for me. Didn't quite set the place on fire last term, but he quite clearly has a lot of game, technically as good as Ferry but with a better eye for goal and a strong physical presence. I like his attitude too, seems like a smart young chap. Will be a very important piece of the 13/14 jigsaw I suspect
Best piece of transfer news so far, for me. Didn't quite set the place on fire last term, but he quite clearly has a lot of game, technically as good as Ferry but with a better eye for goal and a strong physical presence. I like his attitude too, seems like a smart young chap. Will be a very important piece of the 13/14 jigsaw I suspect pastor_of_muppets

9:56am Wed 3 Jul 13

pastor_of_muppets says...

Oh, and if we don't sign any 'old heads' (although I firmly expect us to) could even be an outside bet for captain
Oh, and if we don't sign any 'old heads' (although I firmly expect us to) could even be an outside bet for captain pastor_of_muppets

10:09am Wed 3 Jul 13

the wizard says...

Well reading a few things yesterday it seems that Brum have been buying and selling players but of course we haven't heard if they have made an improved offer for PC. While he remains here that is a good omen despite whatever wages he may be on. His experience is good for his age and when he was here before he always seemed to give a good effort. Not everybodies fave, but he does have good experience. I would like to see him on the right in front of Byrne.

As goes Massimo, well you can't fault him for effort and with a side picked by Kevin, and perhaps one with an effective mid field we could see better from him. Things are shaping up well now most of the ins and outs seem to be done. A few more to follow no doubt.
Well reading a few things yesterday it seems that Brum have been buying and selling players but of course we haven't heard if they have made an improved offer for PC. While he remains here that is a good omen despite whatever wages he may be on. His experience is good for his age and when he was here before he always seemed to give a good effort. Not everybodies fave, but he does have good experience. I would like to see him on the right in front of Byrne. As goes Massimo, well you can't fault him for effort and with a side picked by Kevin, and perhaps one with an effective mid field we could see better from him. Things are shaping up well now most of the ins and outs seem to be done. A few more to follow no doubt. the wizard

10:13am Wed 3 Jul 13

madterrier says...

The captain does not have to be an old head - John Terry captained Chelsea when he was 21.

The role of the captain in football is massively overrated and done to death in this country. It's not as if he has to decide whether to take the three points or kick to the corner, or who should take the new ball along with Anderson. All he has to do is shake hands with the ref and other captain and swap pennants.

Where an old head/experience IS vital is in organising the defence, barking instructions, and reacting to evolving threats, i.e. like Ward was doing about Donaldson in the Brentford game, in the absence of any intervention by MacDonald. Although by virtue of that, an experienced centre half is going to be the best candidate for captain.
The captain does not have to be an old head - John Terry captained Chelsea when he was 21. The role of the captain in football is massively overrated and done to death in this country. It's not as if he has to decide whether to take the three points or kick to the corner, or who should take the new ball along with Anderson. All he has to do is shake hands with the ref and other captain and swap pennants. Where an old head/experience IS vital is in organising the defence, barking instructions, and reacting to evolving threats, i.e. like Ward was doing about Donaldson in the Brentford game, in the absence of any intervention by MacDonald. Although by virtue of that, an experienced centre half is going to be the best candidate for captain. madterrier

10:40am Wed 3 Jul 13

pastor_of_muppets says...

madterrier wrote:
The captain does not have to be an old head - John Terry captained Chelsea when he was 21.

The role of the captain in football is massively overrated and done to death in this country. It's not as if he has to decide whether to take the three points or kick to the corner, or who should take the new ball along with Anderson. All he has to do is shake hands with the ref and other captain and swap pennants.

Where an old head/experience IS vital is in organising the defence, barking instructions, and reacting to evolving threats, i.e. like Ward was doing about Donaldson in the Brentford game, in the absence of any intervention by MacDonald. Although by virtue of that, an experienced centre half is going to be the best candidate for captain.
Oh, completely agree. The role of Captain becomes less important the better organised a team is, and obviously we hope that this squad gels nicely and plays for each other. Just having myself a musing!
[quote][p][bold]madterrier[/bold] wrote: The captain does not have to be an old head - John Terry captained Chelsea when he was 21. The role of the captain in football is massively overrated and done to death in this country. It's not as if he has to decide whether to take the three points or kick to the corner, or who should take the new ball along with Anderson. All he has to do is shake hands with the ref and other captain and swap pennants. Where an old head/experience IS vital is in organising the defence, barking instructions, and reacting to evolving threats, i.e. like Ward was doing about Donaldson in the Brentford game, in the absence of any intervention by MacDonald. Although by virtue of that, an experienced centre half is going to be the best candidate for captain.[/p][/quote]Oh, completely agree. The role of Captain becomes less important the better organised a team is, and obviously we hope that this squad gels nicely and plays for each other. Just having myself a musing! pastor_of_muppets

8:10pm Wed 3 Jul 13

Oi Den! says...

pastor_of_muppets wrote:
Best piece of transfer news so far, for me. Didn't quite set the place on fire last term, but he quite clearly has a lot of game, technically as good as Ferry but with a better eye for goal and a strong physical presence. I like his attitude too, seems like a smart young chap. Will be a very important piece of the 13/14 jigsaw I suspect
Agree with all that - and your potential captain shout. Although we support the team as a whole, it's great to be able to go to games looking forward to watching individuals. Cracking player.
[quote][p][bold]pastor_of_muppets[/bold] wrote: Best piece of transfer news so far, for me. Didn't quite set the place on fire last term, but he quite clearly has a lot of game, technically as good as Ferry but with a better eye for goal and a strong physical presence. I like his attitude too, seems like a smart young chap. Will be a very important piece of the 13/14 jigsaw I suspect[/p][/quote]Agree with all that - and your potential captain shout. Although we support the team as a whole, it's great to be able to go to games looking forward to watching individuals. Cracking player. Oi Den!

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