DERRY CITY boss Peter Hutton last night sealed a Transfer Deadline swoop for former Everton U21 defender Ben McLaughlin, sealing his signature just two minutes before the close of business for League of Ireland clubs!
The grandson of legendary Derry City treble winning manager, Jim McLaughlin (right) and son of ex-City left-back, Paul, signed until the end of the 2015 season subject to a medical and international clearance being granted.
The 20 year-old former Dundalk right-back was released by Everton last June following a three year spell at the club having signed for the ‘Toffees’ from Dundalk in August 2012.
He also enjoyed a promising loan spell at Conference side, AFC Telford during that time which came to an end due to a groin injury.
Derry City were anxiously waiting on the paperwork coming through from Everton before sealing the deal ahead of the League of Ireland’s deadline which closed at 5 p.m. last night, and Hutton was delighted to finally get it over the line right at the death.
“We were trying to get all the paperwork in place and as it’s deadline day it all needed to be in place last night (Monday) which wasn’t ideal, being a bank holiday,” explained the Derry boss.
“But we’re delighted to get it done. Ben was keen to come and sign until the end of the season and just get his career going again.
“His grandfather was obviously a massive figure in the club’s history but he will be a great addition to the squad.
“He is naturally a right back and can play right wing-back as well. So he brings that versatility which is good because we still have such a small squad.”
McLaughlin is hoping his return to the League of Ireland with Derry City will ressurect a promising career and Hutton has assuredhim he’s at the right place.
“There’s nothing stopping him getting his confidence back again at Derry after leaving Everton. He can get playing again on a regular basis and possibly getting back across the water again further down the line.
“He has aspirations of going back across the water and he knows that Derry City have proven to be a great platform for players in the past.”
McLaughlin’s signing completes Hutton’s transfer window business following Mark Quigley, Rob Cornwall, Conor McCormack, Aaron McEneff and Ciaran O’Connor through the Brandywell gates in the past two months.
It completes a hugely successful transfer window for Hutton and he’s delighted with his new additions.
“I think it’s been an excellent window for us and we’ve brought in some great additions to the squad.
“Ben gives us that flexibility and it adds some strength and depth to the squad.”