Luc Jeggo was born in Austria and grew up in Australia but his English parents have provided a route into senior football which for the past three years has seen the midfielder play in Norway.
“It’s not the most usual combination,” says Jeggo. “My parents were both born in England and eventually moved to Austria where they met each other and had me and my brother.
“My father then had a job opportunity in Australia so at the age of 8 I moved to Australia and lived there until 21 gaining citizenship within that time. So I’m not really sure where I’m from!”
He may have a mixed heritage but the combination has certainly worked. Jeggo spent time in Melbourne Victory’s academy growing up before moving to Norway to join third-tier side Florø in 2016, who achieved promotion in his first season at the club. The combination has also worked for his older brother James Jeggo, who currently plays in the country of his birth for Austria Wien and is a full Australia international. He was a part of their squad for their recent Asian Cup campaign.
For Luc, he had a superb pedigree in Australia, playing for several years at academy level with the Victorian Institute for Sport and later spending five years with the Victory, where he captained their youth team. Despite that, a lack of professional clubs in his adopted homeland saw him drop out of the full time game, which led to him making a bold decision.
“In Australia, we have only one fully professional football league. I had left Melbourne Victory and was playing in the second tier (for Green Gully) but decided if I wanted to make a career in the game, I needed to be training full time and therefore booked a one way ticket in the hope of securing a professional contract.
“I was lucky in the sense of having an English passport and therefore could play anywhere in Europe.”
Jeggo’s destination was Florø, the westernmost town in Norway. The local club, Florø SK, had spent their recent existence drifting between the third and fourth tiers. Despite the change in surroundings from a bustling Australian city, the midfielder did not find it hard to settle in.
“It was relatively easy for me,” he says. “I really struggled going from full time training at Victory to part time and wasn’t particularly enjoying myself so to get back into a full time environment was really enjoyable and the Norwegians were super friendly and welcoming to me.
“I moved alone to a town of 10,000 people so it was a bit of a culture shock but was made a lot easier by the people and football.”
Going straight into the first team, the Austrian-born player made an instant impression. He scored just fifteen minutes into his debut as his side started off their campaign with a 1-1 draw. It would go on to be just one of five games all season that Florø would not win as they stormed to the title and earned promotion to the second-tier for the first time in at least 15 years.
For Jeggo, he had made a good start to his career in Norway, scoring four times in 11 games for the first team as well as notching a couple for the club’s reserve side who play in the fourth tier. Although injuries had prevented him from playing more, he had taken the country’s different style of play in his stride.
After promotion, the former Melbourne Victory man became a regular in the side as they surpassed expectations to finish in the top half of the table. Having made 23 appearances in all competitions, Jeggo had played his part in Florø’s best season in recent history. However, the following season, despite him scoring three times, his side would be relegated back to the third-tier after finishing second bottom.
Now looking back at his three-year spell in Norway, the 24-year-old can describe how it compared to the style he had grown up playing.
“I think the standard was in between the first and second tier in Australia. In Australia, most teams try to play football a fair bit with playing out the back, whereas in Norway, especially in the second tier, you get some teams who are very direct and physical, so it was a good learning curve.
“The games are less structured in terms of the way the teams set up and how organised they are, which explains the speed and makes it quite end to end.”
Since then, Jeggo has been on the lookout for a new club and has had spells on trial at clubs in his parents’ homeland where his time in Norway has come in handy.
“I learnt to play off second balls a lot more [in Norway], reading where it’s going to drop and playing with less risk into spaces. I think the UK style of play would be much more comparable to Norway than Australia so it was a really good experience for me and gives me confidence to play in different regions and places as I feel I’ve had a good education in different styles of play.”
Having played at a very young age in Austria and then since in Australia and Norway, the midfielder is ready to undertake another adventure, happy to go wherever his football might take him. He has a long term goal of joining his brother as a full international but for now, he wants to continue to make incremental steps.
“I’m open to absolutely anything right now,” he says. “Like I said, I’ve had a taste of a few different styles so feel comfortable in different countries or regions. There are some great stepping stones to be found in the smaller European leagues and that’s one area I’ve looked at to try and target.
“You can see the UK is starting to open up more and more to recruiting players from outside the UK so it’s definitely doesn’t shut off playing in the UK which is something I’d love to do at some point.”
With his mind now set on finding a new club for 2019, few clubs would find a 24-year-old with experience of more playing styles than Luc Jeggo.