Northern Irishman Conor McLaughlin began his professional football career in January 2010. His Preston North End debut came during the 2-0 defeat to Hull City on November 12, 2010. A few weeks after his debut against the Tigers, Conor McLaughlin signed a new contract with Preston North End until 2013. The right-back failed to nail down a spot in the starting XI and he had to spend some weeks on loan at Shrewsbury Town. He signed a two-month loan deal at the club in March 2011.The defender played four league games for Shrewsbury Town before returning to parent club Preston North End.
At Fleetwood Town, Conor McLaughlin became more a regular in the starting line-up than what was obtainable at Preston North End. In five years at Fleetwood Town, he scored seven goals in 172 league games. He signed a three-year deal at the club in June 2014. His first goal as a professional footballer came in the colours of Fleetwood Town. He scored the first goal of his professional football career at Fleetwood Town in February 2015.
Conor McLaughlin spent five years at Fleetwood Town before signing for London team Millwall in the summer of 2017. Unlike his time at Preston North End and Fleetwood Town, Conor McLaughlin took a few weeks before finding the back of the net at Millwall. His first Millwall goal was in the London Derby clash with Queens Park Rangers (QPR) on September 12, 2017.