Former Melbourne Victory midfielder Cameron McGlip wants to emulate fellow Aussie Massimo Luongo’s feats at English club Swindon Town.
McGlip signed a two and half year deal with League Two side Swindon in January, after leaving Championship outfit Birmingham City.
The 21-year-old had spent four years with Victory before leaving Australia last year to try his hand in the UK.
McGlip spent five months with City, playing for the club's under-23s, but headed to the Robins for the lure of first-team football.
Luongo first made his name at the City Ground, spending two seasons with Swindon, and it was there where he earned his first caps for the Socceros.
“I was looking to start playing first-team somewhere,” McGlip explained to FTBL.
“I was playing under-23s at Birmingham City, because of the transfer embargo I wasn’t allowed to be registered as a first-team player until next season. The club was kind of keen for me to go out on loan somewhere, so there were a few clubs I was speaking to.
“Swindon came in and said they wanted me on a permanent. I spoke to the coaches and the club, and the coach knew the manager and the director of football there. They were really complimentary about the club.
“They said it would be a good opportunity for me and it was the draw of first-team football that made me want to go there. I’d heard about the club a little bit before as obviously Mass Luongo was there for a long time.
“So hopefully if I can do half as well as him I’d be happy. Swindon’s quite a big club, they’re looking to push for promotion if not this season then next. They’re probably too big to be in League Two.”
McGlip is currently recuperating after undergoing ankle surgery last month.
“I started off quite well, I was in the squad for the first two or three games I was there,” he said.
“Then I did something to my ankle. I’ll be back before the end of the season. Before I was injured I was doing a lot of training, playing in a lot of practice games and I think I was quite close to breaking into the first-team.
“The injury came at a frustrating time. But the manager spoke to me and said just get yourself right for the back end of this season and for pre-season, as I’ve got a couple of years on my contract so hopefully next year comes and I’ll see where that takes me.”