McLaughlin loaned to Bristol City by Forest

Alan Foley


Alan Foley

McLaughlin loaned to Bristol City by Forest
Former Finn Harps winger Stephen McLaughlin has joined Bristol City on loan from Nottingham Forest until the end of the season.

Former Finn Harps winger Stephen McLaughlin has joined Bristol City on loan from Nottingham Forest until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old will go to side who are currently 20th in League One with only three points from their first five matches this term.

McLaughlin, who is from the Doagh Island, Ballyliffin, will hook up with Sean O’Driscoll, the manger who took him to the City Ground from Derry City in January for £160,000.

“Stephen’s a young Irish winger who can play both sides, and someone who impressed when on trial at Forest during my time there and did enough to earn a contract,” City manager O’Driscoll said.

“He’s well-balanced, technically sound and got an eye for a goal. He’s someone we think will add versatility and depth to the squad and that we can help to continue develop during his stay with us.

“We’re very grateful to Forest for allowing us to take Stephen on loan.”

McNamee played 48 times for Finn Harps in the 2009 and 2010 seasons under the management of both Paul Hegarty and James Gallagher.

The left-winger then signed for Derry in 2011 and won the FAI Cup with the Brandywell club last season.

McLaughlin scored his first goal in a Forest shirt only last week when he was on the mark for the club’s U-21 side in a 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.

He has been on the bench for the Forest first team but has yet to make his league debut.

Bristol City were due to face Bristol Rovers in the Football League Trophy last night and welcome Peterborough on Saturday in League Two.

Another man on the move on Monday’s transfer deadline day was James McCarthy, who joined Everton from Wigan Athletic in a deal that could rise to £15million.

The 22-year-old, who was born in Glasgow, is the grandson of the late Paddy Coyle from Doirenamainsear in Annagry.

McCarthy was part of Wigan’s FA Cup-winning side last season and was brought in to fill the void left by Marouane Fellaini’s departure to Manchester United.

Everton have not revealed the length of McCarthy’s contract, describing it as a “long-term deal.”

Shay Given had been linked with Liverpool over the weekend but no deal took place so the 37-year-old will stay with Aston Villa.

It was reported that Brendan Rodgers’ bid to sign the Lifford native on loan fell apart when the two sides were unable to reach an agreement.

The Liverpool manager was looking to add competition to a position that has only Australian shot stopper Brad Jones as backup to Simon Mignolet.

Given has not played in the Premier League in 13 months having lost his place at Villa Park to American shot-stopper Brad Guzan.

Over the summer, Villa manager Paul Lambert brought in Jed Steer from Norwich City as Guzan’s understudy, which left Given as third choice.