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Post  cyprussyd on 2019-07-01, 3:15 pm

Sunderland AFC have completed the signing of Northern Ireland international Conor McLaughlin.
The 27-year-old free agent has signed a two-year deal and becomes Jack Ross’ first signing of the summer, arriving with a wealth of experience within the Football League.
Born in Belfast, the full-back has made 232 appearances in English football, with 132 of those coming in League One. 
McLaughlin, who has 34 caps for Northern Ireland, began his career at Preston North End before a loan spell at Shrewsbury Town came at the start of 2012. Later that year, the right-sided defender joined Fleetwood Town and went on to enjoy five years at Highbury Stadium, making over 160 appearances. 
A move to Millwall followed in 2017, with the Northern Ireland international making 32 league appearances during his two-year spell at The Den.
Speaking about the defender’s arrival, Sunderland manager, Jack Ross, said: “I am delighted to be able to bring Conor to the club.  
“He brings quality and experience to a position that was of high priority for us to have options in. I look forward to working with him over the course of the season.”

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Post  black fox on 2019-07-01, 3:55 pm

is he any good? ive not heard anything about him at all.

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Post  Vincemac on 2019-07-01, 5:20 pm

black fox wrote:is he any good? ive not heard anything about him at all.
Info from a millwal fan
He is a good strong lower champion ship player
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Post  gil t azell on 2019-07-01, 5:41 pm

More importantly does this mean O9 moves into midfield? Hope so.
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Post  fitz on 2019-07-01, 11:14 pm

looks like a league 1 quality defender - hard to get too excited but he has a fair bit of experience at least

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Post  oxfordshire on 2019-07-01, 11:24 pm

We need good experienced league one players to get us back to the championship. When we get back we will need good experienced championship players to bolster our better players from this year. One step at a time. We also need a system to get plenty of goals from Wyke and Grigg
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Post  Kipper on 2019-07-02, 8:55 am

[size=30]Conor McLaughlin Profile[/size]

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Guesting once more for ALS is Nial Coulter, co-editor of the Northern Ireland fanzine ‘Happy Days’, offering his words on the latest arrival at the SoL.
 
You can guarantee there will be two hectic days of transfer reporting each summer – 1st July and transfer deadline day. So it is no real surprise to see Sunderland nip in and secure an early summer transfer deal with right back Conor McLaughlin.
 
I am more familiar with Conor’s career at international level, with him being a regular at right-back for Northern Ireland since Michael O’Neill took charge in 2012. However, injuries and a lack of first team game-time last season has seen him slip behind Michael Smith of Hearts in the pecking order but there isn’t much to choose between the pair and it would be no surprise to see him competing for a starting berth once more in the September fixtures.
 
Conor McLaughlin is a tall, strong and pacy full-back who started his career at Preston North End, making his debut as a half-time substitute in their home loss against Hull in the Championship in 2010/11. It was following their relegation to League One that Conor started to play more regularly; that was until Graham Westley took charge and stuck him on the transfer list.
 
McLaughlin departed Preston for League Two newcomers Fleetwood in the summer of 2012, playing regularly over the next five seasons at the Lancashire side improved season on season, culminating in a 4th place finish in League One in 2016/17. His reputation had enhanced significantly during his time at Fleetwood, drawing interest from the likes of Leeds United and old club Preston after Euro 2016.
 
There weren’t many League One players at Euro 2016, but for Northern Ireland, we are used to having a handful in each of our squads. What was remarkable about Conor, though, was that throughout the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, he did not look out of place playing alongside and against players from higher divisions. Having defensive colleagues such as Chris Brunt, Gareth McAuley and SAFC favourite Jonny Evans will only have helped his game.
 
When I interviewed NI World Cup legend Billy Hamilton, he singled out McLaughlin as a star of the qualifying campaign, calling it “amazing” how no-one at a higher level had picked him up.
 
Departing Fleetwood for Millwall two years ago seemed a promising move and his career in the Championship started well. However, a series of injuries and the form of Mahlon Romeo (son of Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B) meant that a move this summer was always likely.
 
Sunderland is a fantastic move for Conor. He will already know familiar faces in fellow internationals Will Grigg and Tom Flanagan, with Paddy McNair and Jonny Evans also likely to have put in a good word on behalf of the club. All McLaughlin needs is a run in the team and a manager who has confidence in his ability. Then he’ll soon be bombing down the right flank and having the odd pot shot at goal. Check out his strike for Northern Ireland against Azerbaijan!
 
Great bit of business all round.
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Post  cyprussyd on 2019-07-02, 8:58 am

Kipper wrote:[size=30]Conor McLaughlin Profile[/size]

July 1, 2019
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By Nial Coulter




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Guesting once more for ALS is Nial Coulter, co-editor of the Northern Ireland fanzine ‘Happy Days’, offering his words on the latest arrival at the SoL.
 
You can guarantee there will be two hectic days of transfer reporting each summer – 1st July and transfer deadline day. So it is no real surprise to see Sunderland nip in and secure an early summer transfer deal with right back Conor McLaughlin.
 
I am more familiar with Conor’s career at international level, with him being a regular at right-back for Northern Ireland since Michael O’Neill took charge in 2012. However, injuries and a lack of first team game-time last season has seen him slip behind Michael Smith of Hearts in the pecking order but there isn’t much to choose between the pair and it would be no surprise to see him competing for a starting berth once more in the September fixtures.
 
Conor McLaughlin is a tall, strong and pacy full-back who started his career at Preston North End, making his debut as a half-time substitute in their home loss against Hull in the Championship in 2010/11. It was following their relegation to League One that Conor started to play more regularly; that was until Graham Westley took charge and stuck him on the transfer list.
 
McLaughlin departed Preston for League Two newcomers Fleetwood in the summer of 2012, playing regularly over the next five seasons at the Lancashire side improved season on season, culminating in a 4th place finish in League One in 2016/17. His reputation had enhanced significantly during his time at Fleetwood, drawing interest from the likes of Leeds United and old club Preston after Euro 2016.
 
There weren’t many League One players at Euro 2016, but for Northern Ireland, we are used to having a handful in each of our squads. What was remarkable about Conor, though, was that throughout the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, he did not look out of place playing alongside and against players from higher divisions. Having defensive colleagues such as Chris Brunt, Gareth McAuley and SAFC favourite Jonny Evans will only have helped his game.
 
When I interviewed NI World Cup legend Billy Hamilton, he singled out McLaughlin as a star of the qualifying campaign, calling it “amazing” how no-one at a higher level had picked him up.
 
Departing Fleetwood for Millwall two years ago seemed a promising move and his career in the Championship started well. However, a series of injuries and the form of Mahlon Romeo (son of Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B) meant that a move this summer was always likely.
 
Sunderland is a fantastic move for Conor. He will already know familiar faces in fellow internationals Will Grigg and Tom Flanagan, with Paddy McNair and Jonny Evans also likely to have put in a good word on behalf of the club. All McLaughlin needs is a run in the team and a manager who has confidence in his ability. Then he’ll soon be bombing down the right flank and having the odd pot shot at goal. Check out his strike for Northern Ireland against Azerbaijan!
 
Great bit of business all round.
He is already shit to some of our more enlightened fans, it seems he is lower championship standard and a massive club like ours should be bringing in better.

Honest, some fans believe that.

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Post  Kipper on 2019-07-02, 9:15 am

cyprussyd wrote:
Kipper wrote:[size=30]Conor McLaughlin Profile[/size]

July 1, 2019
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By Nial Coulter




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Guesting once more for ALS is Nial Coulter, co-editor of the Northern Ireland fanzine ‘Happy Days’, offering his words on the latest arrival at the SoL.
 
You can guarantee there will be two hectic days of transfer reporting each summer – 1st July and transfer deadline day. So it is no real surprise to see Sunderland nip in and secure an early summer transfer deal with right back Conor McLaughlin.
 
I am more familiar with Conor’s career at international level, with him being a regular at right-back for Northern Ireland since Michael O’Neill took charge in 2012. However, injuries and a lack of first team game-time last season has seen him slip behind Michael Smith of Hearts in the pecking order but there isn’t much to choose between the pair and it would be no surprise to see him competing for a starting berth once more in the September fixtures.
 
Conor McLaughlin is a tall, strong and pacy full-back who started his career at Preston North End, making his debut as a half-time substitute in their home loss against Hull in the Championship in 2010/11. It was following their relegation to League One that Conor started to play more regularly; that was until Graham Westley took charge and stuck him on the transfer list.
 
McLaughlin departed Preston for League Two newcomers Fleetwood in the summer of 2012, playing regularly over the next five seasons at the Lancashire side improved season on season, culminating in a 4th place finish in League One in 2016/17. His reputation had enhanced significantly during his time at Fleetwood, drawing interest from the likes of Leeds United and old club Preston after Euro 2016.
 
There weren’t many League One players at Euro 2016, but for Northern Ireland, we are used to having a handful in each of our squads. What was remarkable about Conor, though, was that throughout the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, he did not look out of place playing alongside and against players from higher divisions. Having defensive colleagues such as Chris Brunt, Gareth McAuley and SAFC favourite Jonny Evans will only have helped his game.
 
When I interviewed NI World Cup legend Billy Hamilton, he singled out McLaughlin as a star of the qualifying campaign, calling it “amazing” how no-one at a higher level had picked him up.
 
Departing Fleetwood for Millwall two years ago seemed a promising move and his career in the Championship started well. However, a series of injuries and the form of Mahlon Romeo (son of Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B) meant that a move this summer was always likely.
 
Sunderland is a fantastic move for Conor. He will already know familiar faces in fellow internationals Will Grigg and Tom Flanagan, with Paddy McNair and Jonny Evans also likely to have put in a good word on behalf of the club. All McLaughlin needs is a run in the team and a manager who has confidence in his ability. Then he’ll soon be bombing down the right flank and having the odd pot shot at goal. Check out his strike for Northern Ireland against Azerbaijan!
 
Great bit of business all round.
He is already shit to some of our more enlightened fans, it seems he is lower championship standard and a massive club like ours should be bringing in better.

Honest, some fans believe that.

He sounds decent enough to me and the sort of player we need. Anyway, Lower Championship standard is fine by me seeing as we're in League 1. Looking forward to seeing him in action.
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Post  Hieronymus on 2019-07-02, 9:21 am

Kipper wrote:
cyprussyd wrote:
Kipper wrote:[size=30]Conor McLaughlin Profile[/size]

July 1, 2019
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By Nial Coulter




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Guesting once more for ALS is Nial Coulter, co-editor of the Northern Ireland fanzine ‘Happy Days’, offering his words on the latest arrival at the SoL.
 
You can guarantee there will be two hectic days of transfer reporting each summer – 1st July and transfer deadline day. So it is no real surprise to see Sunderland nip in and secure an early summer transfer deal with right back Conor McLaughlin.
 
I am more familiar with Conor’s career at international level, with him being a regular at right-back for Northern Ireland since Michael O’Neill took charge in 2012. However, injuries and a lack of first team game-time last season has seen him slip behind Michael Smith of Hearts in the pecking order but there isn’t much to choose between the pair and it would be no surprise to see him competing for a starting berth once more in the September fixtures.
 
Conor McLaughlin is a tall, strong and pacy full-back who started his career at Preston North End, making his debut as a half-time substitute in their home loss against Hull in the Championship in 2010/11. It was following their relegation to League One that Conor started to play more regularly; that was until Graham Westley took charge and stuck him on the transfer list.
 
McLaughlin departed Preston for League Two newcomers Fleetwood in the summer of 2012, playing regularly over the next five seasons at the Lancashire side improved season on season, culminating in a 4th place finish in League One in 2016/17. His reputation had enhanced significantly during his time at Fleetwood, drawing interest from the likes of Leeds United and old club Preston after Euro 2016.
 
There weren’t many League One players at Euro 2016, but for Northern Ireland, we are used to having a handful in each of our squads. What was remarkable about Conor, though, was that throughout the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, he did not look out of place playing alongside and against players from higher divisions. Having defensive colleagues such as Chris Brunt, Gareth McAuley and SAFC favourite Jonny Evans will only have helped his game.
 
When I interviewed NI World Cup legend Billy Hamilton, he singled out McLaughlin as a star of the qualifying campaign, calling it “amazing” how no-one at a higher level had picked him up.
 
Departing Fleetwood for Millwall two years ago seemed a promising move and his career in the Championship started well. However, a series of injuries and the form of Mahlon Romeo (son of Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B) meant that a move this summer was always likely.
 
Sunderland is a fantastic move for Conor. He will already know familiar faces in fellow internationals Will Grigg and Tom Flanagan, with Paddy McNair and Jonny Evans also likely to have put in a good word on behalf of the club. All McLaughlin needs is a run in the team and a manager who has confidence in his ability. Then he’ll soon be bombing down the right flank and having the odd pot shot at goal. Check out his strike for Northern Ireland against Azerbaijan!
 
Great bit of business all round.
He is already shit to some of our more enlightened fans, it seems he is lower championship standard and a massive club like ours should be bringing in better.

Honest, some fans believe that.

He sounds decent enough to me and the sort of player we need. Anyway, Lower Championship standard is fine by me seeing as we're in League 1. Looking forward to seeing him in action.
Quite! Some 'supporters' just exist to knock the club and I cannot understand it Sad
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