Luke aims for next step
30 October 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
The next step of Luke McGee’s journey at Spurs will be the longest – he’s edged nearer to it again this week.
The young goalkeeper who first arrived as a 10-year-old at our former Spurs Lodge training HQ has this week signed a new deal at the club that will run until 2019.
Luke has progressed all the way through the club, from Under-11s to the Academy and Under-18s and Under-21s and has been a member of the first team squad for 18 months now.
He’s played in friendlies and on tours and took another step up the ladder with a start against AC Milan in the Audi Cup in August.
So next up, it’s his competitive first team debut - and that would start another journey.
Below: Luke training with Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm
“I have to keep going, look to the next day, the next week and hopefully when I get that chance, take it and see what happens from there,” said Luke, who turned 20 in September. “Hopefully, one day I’ll get that chance, however long it might be, and I’ll take it.
“This contract is another big step. I’m at the right club, training with the right people, learning from the likes of Hugo, Michel and Toni (Jimenez, coach) every day. I couldn’t be in a better place.
“I’ve been with them for 18 months now, training every day, seeing what they do daily, picking up little things every day, always learning. They are so good with me, always helping. It’s a good place to be.
“You work hard every day to improve and to be the best you can so to get a new contract is an acknowledgement of that from the club and from everyone I work with.
“I’ve trained all year with the first team and hopefully this shows I’ve impressed and that I’m improving.”
Luke remembers those first days at Spurs Lodge. “It was towards the end of the season and I trained with the Under-11s for a week or two.
“It got to the last day so I went to Perry Suckling’s office, my former coach, and asked what was happening and he said ‘don’t worry Luke, you’ll be a Spurs player next season’.
“I’ve progressed through all the age groups and into the Academy, Under-18s, Under-21s. It’s been a great journey so far and hopefully I’ll make that (first team) breakthrough as well.”