Massimo Luongo: I learnt a lot from ‘rollercoaster’ first year at QPR
PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 August 2016 | UPDATED: 15:50 16 August 2016
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Massimo Luongo says his first season at QPR was a “rollercoaster”, but one which has proved to be a huge learning curve for him as he eyes a promotion push with the Rs this season.
The Rs began the 2016-17 campaign in the best possible fashion as they beat Leeds United 3-0 at Loftus Road on Sunday, with the former Swindon midfielder playing a starring role with an outstanding display.
And the 23-year-old says he intends to maintain that level of performance, after an up-and-down maiden campaign in W12.
He told the Times: “It was a bit of a rollercoaster. I experienced everything in that season and it was a massive learning curve for me.
“I played in a few positions and never really had the opportunity to settle into any given one. I was playing as a No10 and running in behind when Chris Ramsey was in charge.
“The new manager (Neil Warnock) then came in and I didn’t really play, so I had to work really hard to get back into the squad.
“You’ve got to put aside your personal goals at times and just do what you need to do to get yourself into that starting line-up.
“That’s what I had to do for most of last season. I didn’t have the composure and consistency to my game and nor did the team.
“I sense we have that now though, and I feel I have added that to my game too, so hopefully we can all push on and be successful.”
Luongo says the feeling within the current squad is a far cry from last year, where there was a sense of frustration surrounding the place.
He added: “Last year was difficult because a lot of the boys had come down from the Premier League.
“The season prior to that the team hadn’t won a lot of games either, so there was a clear lack of confidence in the squad.
“You could see they were sick of losing and we didn’t have that spark as a result, but this year it’s completely different – we are quietly confident and have got to be looking at reaching the play-offs.”