The Fleetwood Town management was desperate for their experienced duo of Ball and McLaughlin to stay and had thrown extension offers to both of them, but, both have told the club that they are not interested to continue in League One anymore and are exploring opportunities to ply their trade somewhere else and thus are not going to accept the offers.
As per Rosler, the kind of form both the players have been in for Fleetwood in the past three seasons, they have earned the right to play at a higher level and showcase their potential against better oppositions. So, there’s no question of him feeling let down by their decisions to leave.
Rosler also disclosed that there are many teams from the Championship who are deeply interested in McLaughlin and it’s a huge possibility that he will be featuring in the second tier in the coming season.
When McLaughlin had made his way to Highbury Stadium in 2012, Fleetwood was down to the fourth level of English Football and within a couple of years after his arrival, the team got promoted one level up to League One and McLaughlin’s contribution in that was substantial.
Even the previous season when the Fishermen finished at no. 4 in the standings of League One, it was McLaughlin who was their best player. His work in the backline was extraordinary.
So the 25-year old will definitely leave a void behind him at Fleetwood, but, personally, he would relish being in the Championship.