Conor McLaughlin is one of the most popular international footballers to announce their retirement this year. He retired as a defender of Preston. The announcement came in the early part of the year. That is when Conor announced that, due to injury, he had decided to retire from the game. McLaughlin originally hails from Belfast. He then emerged in the football scene with Linfield. This was before he joined Preston. After that, he was lured to play for England, back in the year 2007.
After that, he was up for transfer in 2012. He was transferred out from Graham Westley and to Fleetwood Town. He then became a consistent player for this club. Soon he acquired the status of an international Northern Ireland player. He then moved up the levels of the Championship when he joined Millwall. This was in 2017.
McLaughlin moved to Sunderland in the year 2019. Here he made about 50 appearances. After that, he headed back to club Fleetwood in the summer of 2021. In March 2021 he admitted that he was ready to quit football. He admitted that the last year had been physically and mentally difficult for him which led to his decision to retire. This announcement came weeks after Declan Rudd announced his retirement, also due to the injuries he sustained. He had also been a player for Preston.