On May 28th 2015, Queens Park Rangers announced the signing of Massimo Luongo.
The 26-year-old made his debut in the first game of the Championship season on the 8th of August 2015, but he wasn’t able to find the back of the net until the 18th of March 2017 against Rotherham United.
A lot of supporters were over the moon with the club’s decision to secure the services of Luongo, as they took to the confirmation on Twitter to express their delight over the signing.
— John Burke (@J_J_Burke) May 28, 2015
— David (@Swanny1882) May 28, 2015
— Shaun (@shauny_wheelz) May 28, 2015
— Giorgio Kyriakou (@KyriakouGiorgio) May 28, 2015
— Owen (@QPRFORLIFE) May 28, 2015
When everyone was raving about Caulker signing, I didn't quite believe the hype. But the signing of Luongo is bang on the money. #QPR
— Jordan James Foster (@JordanJFoster) May 28, 2015
Have no doubts, #QPR fans, Massimo Luongo is the best passer of the ball at Loftus Road since Taarabt. And with none of the attitude.
— AT (@autoamort) May 28, 2015
Massimo Luongo signed for Tottenham Hotspur in January 2011 after impressing on trial, but he never managed to make an appearance for the first-team, despite making it onto the substitutes’ bench twice.
He then went out on loan to Ipswich Town and enjoyed two separate loan spells at Swindon Town, which resulted in the Australian securing a permanent move to the County Ground.
Indeed, the 26-year-old was hugely impressive during his loan and permanent spell at Swindon as he managed to score 14 goals and provided 15 assists from the middle of midfield, which caught the attention of QPR.
On the 28th of May 2015, Queens Park Rangers secured the services of Luongo and Ben Gladwin for a combined £3.5 million.
Luongo made his debut in the first game of the Championship season on the 8th of August 2015, and then went on to produce six assists during his first season. He managed to score his first goal for the club against Rotherham United on the 18th of March 2017, with three assists also being produced in his second campaign at Loftus Road.
He really came into his own last season as he was handed the responsibility of captaincy in Nedum Onouha’s absence, while producing six goals and three assists. Interestingly, his leadership qualities and ability to provide and score goals helped him win the Supporters’ Player of the Year award last season.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that supporters were so excited to see him join the club as he’s gone on to establish himself as a hero in the English capital. And, he’s been influential once again in the current campaign in the middle of midfield having played a big part since Steve McClaren took charge, with quality performances guaranteed.