DONE DEAL: Derry City sign ex-Everton defender on transfer deadline

Ben McLaughlin, in action for Everton's U21 team against Manchester United's Fabio Da Silva, has signed for Derry City.
Ben McLaughlin, in action for Everton's U21 team against Manchester United's Fabio Da Silva, has signed for Derry City.

DERRY CITY have this evening completed the signing of former Everton Under-21 defender Ben McLaughlin, minutes before the close of the transfer window for League of Ireland clubs.

The grandson of legendary Derry City treble winning manager, Jim McLaughlin, 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 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. this evening, 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 today which wasn’t ideal, being a bank holiday,” explained the Derry boss.

“But we’re delighted to finally 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. He brings that versatility which is good because we still have such a small squad.

“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 get back across the water again further down the line.”

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