Posted on November 11, 2021 in Millwall

Fleetwood Town manager Simon Grayson is delighted with the return of Northern Ireland international defender Conor McLaughlin to the club. He has been impressed with the contributions of the ex-Sunderland player since his transfer was officially approved by the EFL (English Football League) at the start of last month.

Conor McLaughlin had been training with League One side Fleetwood Town long before his official confirmation as a player at the start of October. Fleetwood Town had to wait for confirmation from Darnell Johnson’s doctor on his Achilles injury to be sure that there’s need for a change in personnel. The report on the Achilles injury revealed that Johnson would be out for several months thus paving the way for club officials to bring back Conor McLaughlin.

Experienced Northern Ireland national team player McLaughlin is not a stranger to Fleetwood Town having spent five years at the League One team before his exit four years ago. The Cod Army signed Conor McLaughlin in 2012 and he was at the club for several years.

McLaughlin made over 200 appearances for the Cod Army during his five-year stay at the club.

On McLaughlin, Fleetwood Town boss Grayson said experience was a major reason why the Northern Ireland player returned to Highbury after four years. According to him, McLaughlin is an experienced player and he has been at Fleetwood Town before meaning that he knows what the club is all about.

Grayson further said that McLaughlin was the best option available for Fleetwood Town in the quest to sign a replacement for Johnson who damaged his Achilles and was ruled out for many months as a result. He also talked up Conor McLaughlin as a versatile player who can function effectively as a right-back, a centre back and a midfielder.McLaughlin is also a big influence in the dressing room.

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