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Post  cyprussyd on 2018-06-24, 9:52 am

Sunderland reported close to landing 30-year-old goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin


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Sunderland's goalkeeper crisis played a huge part in their relegation campaign last term, with the Black Cats fielding three different stoppers.

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Sunderland are on the lookout for one or two new candidates to fill the goalkeeping void left by Jason Steele who recently joined Brighton, and reports emerging from the Chronicle suggest the Black Cats are close to signing 30-year-old Jon McLaughlin. 

New Sunderland owner Stewart Donald recently suggested that the Black Cats are searching for a goalkeeper who can solve Sunderland's seemingly never ending problem between the sticks - and McLaughlin could be the man to do just that.

The 30-year-old has experience of playing in the last line of defence at a range of clubs, but most recently at Scottish club Hearts.

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McLaughlin has also played in England, including stints at Bradford Harrogate Town and Burton Albion, where he made 133 appearances in a three year stint at the club.

Sunderland's dismal Championship campaign last season was accompanied with a whole host of goalkeeping blunders, a lot of those coming from Jason Steele who recently departed Wearside for a shock move to Premier League Brighton. Steele's move to Brighton certainly pleased many of the Sunderland faithful after an underwhelming year on Wearside. 

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McLaughlin made a good impression in front of the Hearts fans in his debut season last term, conceding only 32 goals across the campaign - a stat rewarded with a maiden Scotland cap against Mexico. 

Sunderland will certainly be making an excellent acquisition if they were to get McLaughlin to sign a contract with the club, and the 30-year-old be a key player in Sunderland's promotion quest to bounce back to the Championship at the first time of asking.

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Post  sunderpitt on 2018-06-24, 12:08 pm

It is almost a universally accepted truth, that if we had a decent keeper we may well have not been relegated to the third division.
We can but hope the new shot stopper is a big improvement!
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Post  cyprussyd on 2018-06-24, 12:31 pm

sunderpitt wrote:It is almost a universally accepted truth, that if we had a decent keeper we may well have not been relegated to the third division.
We can but hope the new shot stopper is a big improvement!
I find it impossible to imagine he could be any worse.

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Post  cyprussyd on 2018-06-25, 3:38 am

Scotland international Jon McLaughlin has agreed terms with Sunderland and will arrive on Wearside for a medical this coming week.

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Post  cyprussyd on 2018-06-25, 4:39 pm

Jon McLaughlin looks set to be a Sunderland player next season.
The goalkeeper left Hearts after one season this summer, making him available on a free transfer and the Black Cats have swooped.
There was plenty of interest in McLaughlin , with Azerbaijani side Qarabag as well as a number of Championship clubs interested.

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But the 30-year-old has opted to join Jack Ross at the Stadium of Light where he will compete to become the club’s new No 1 goalkeeper for the upcoming season.
So who is Jon McLaughlin and what will he bring to Sunderland? We take a closer look.


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Jon McLaughlin

Who is Jon McLaughlin?

Born in Edinburgh, McLaughlin is an experienced goalkeeper of 30 years of age.
He is 6ft 3in tall.

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English league football experience

Despite being Scottish he made his start in football in England, first joining non-league sides Harrogate Railway Athletic and Harrogate Town before moving on to Bradford City.

Between 2008 and 2014 he made 145 appearances for Bradford, initially playing second fiddle to Matt Duke. He was part of the team that reached the play-offs in 2012-13, as well as the League Cup final in the same season. He came off the bench in the final defeat to Swansea after Duke’s dismissal


That summer Duke departed the club and McLaughlin too the reins as number one for the Bantams earning praise from boss Phil Parkinson for his performances. He departed that summer at the end of his contract, however, on what he claimed was ‘on sour terms’.
He joined League Two side Burton Albion and had three incredible seasons there. He was part of two back-to-back promotions and was named in 2015-16 League One Team of the Year before helping the Brewers defy the odds to avoid relegation in their first season in the Championship.
He left Burton last summer to move back to Scotland.


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Season with Hearts

McLaughlin signed a one year deal with Hearts.
Hearts finished sixth in the Scottish Premiership but with the help of McLaughlin they had the second best defence in the league.
McLaughlin was said to have been a huge influence in that, with his solid goalkeeping but also leadership helping to solidify the back four in front of him.


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Hearts boss Craig Levein said earlier this summer of McLaughlin: “When he does move on, he moves on with my best wishes and everybody else at the club because he’s been a great player to have around the dressing room as well as on the field.”

Late international career

McLaughlin’s great season at Hearts earned him his first call-up to the Scottish national team back in March, although he was unused by Alex McLeish. He was, however, called up again in May and made his international debut in a friendly against Mexico.

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