New Queens Park Rangers recruit Massimo Luongo insists he has no regrets over his decision to leave Tottenham on a permanent basis, despite several of the club's promising youngsters having since been given regular opportunities to establish themselves under manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The 22 year old moved to White Hart Lane following a trial in 2011, but failed to make a single first-team appearance for the club. He was sent for a total of three separate loan spells with Ipswich and Swindon Town before joining the latter on a full-time deal two years ago.
Luongo made quite an impression during his stay in Wiltshire, emerging as one of the Football League's brightest attacking talents and also making a considerable impact on the international stage by winning the player of the tournament award following Australia's Asia Cup triumph on home soil in January.
A return to the top-flight looked likely for the midfielder this summer after Aston Villa reportedly submitted a bid to sign him and Swindon teammate Ben Gladwin, although both players eventually joined QPR in a combined deal believed to be worth in the region of £3.5m ($5.4m).
Luongo has featured for Chris Ramsey in all three of his side's Championship fixtures so far this term and claims he is finding his own route to the top after seeing the likes of Harry Kane and Ryan Mason both rewarded for their patience with regular starting berths at Tottenham.
"I had the choice to sign for Swindon permanently, which was a big decision and I don't regret it," he told the London Evening Standard. "I chose to take a different path from Harry and Ryan.
"If I hadn't taken that step, I'd have kept doing the same thing at Spurs and gone out on loan again. Who knows whether I would have ever got a chance? Ryan and Harry were able to use loans to eventually get to play in the Premier League but I am trying to do it a different way by coming through the lower leagues.
"They inspire me, Ryan probably the most. We were closer and I still talk to him. He didn't have the most success going out on loan, he had injuries. But he stuck with it and got there.
"So he did it his way, I'm doing it mine. As long as you get games, that's the most important thing. It would be ideal to help get QPR promoted and take them on. It would be great for all of us to be on the pitch together again."
QPR overturned a two-goal deficit away at promotion chasers Wolves to secure their first win of the season on 19 August, with Charlie Austin and Matt Phillips on the scoresheet despite both being expected to leave Loftus Road before the transfer window shuts on 1 September.
Tottenham, meanwhile, have taken just one point from their opening two matches against Manchester United and Stoke respectively amid concerns over a chronic lack of firepower behind Kane. They face early pacesetters Leicester City at the King Power Stadium next, a match that could see a debut in English football for Cameroon international Clinton Njie following his move from Lyon.