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15th September 2020 18:23

Stags sign versatile wingman
mansfieldtown.net, Fri 11 Sept 2020

We are delighted to announce the signing of experienced winger Stephen McLaughlin from Southend United on a short-term deal.

The 30-year-old began his senior career in Ireland with Finn Harps, before moving to Derry City in 2011.

After two years with Derry, he made the switch to English football, moving to Championship side Nottingham Forest.

McLaughlin made his Reds’ debut against Leeds United towards the end of the 2013/14 campaign, appearing against Bournemouth and Brighton in the same season.

Loan spells at Bristol City, Notts County and Southend United saw him gain valuable experience, before a permanent move to the Shrimpers in 2015.


The winger made over 150 outings for Southend, most of which came in Sky Bet League One.

Manager Graham Coughlan, who worked previously with McLaughlin at Roots Hall, said: “Stephen gives us competition down the left and can play in several positions.

“He arrives at One Call Stadium with bags of experience and a promotion from League Two in 2015.

“He has a terrific work rate and attitude, so will fit into our dressing room really well.”


Stephen McLaughlin told iFollow Stags:
"It's been a long time coming, it's been going on for a while now.
"The gaffer ... (was the main attraction) ... I've know him for quite a while now.
"My mind is ready (to play on Saturday), but I don't know if I'm fit enough to go straight back in to game time yet. I think Saturday will be too soon for me.
"We're going to have a game on Tuesday and I'm going to get 45 minutes there, and we'll see how I come out the other end of that.
"I'm a left winger, I like creating and scoring goals. I work hard for the team.
"Last season, the only positions I didn't play was centre half and right back. I played up front, midfield, on the right, on the left, left back. It doesn't really bother me. I like playing on the left or coming in off the right.
(Question about short term deal).
"I've known Graham for a long time, and I trust him, so if I get in and get playing, you never know what will happen after that."


Former Southend United winger Stephen McLaughlin joins Mansfield Town
Southend Echo, By Chris Phillips @cjphillips1982
Fri 11 Sept 2020

FORMER Southend United winger Stephen McLaughlin has joined Mansfield Town.

The Irishman made 186 appearances for the Shrimpers during a five year spell at Roots Hall.

But he now has been snapped up by the Stags who are managed by former Blues coach Graham Coughlan.



Southend United expecting Stephen McLaughlin to leave
Southend Echo, By Chris Phillips @cjphillips1982
4th August 2020

SOUTHEND United chairman Ron Martin does not expect Stephen McLaughlin to still be with the Shrimpers next season.

The 30-year-old winger, who has been with Blues since 2015, has been offered a new deal to remain at Roots Hall.

But Martin believes McLaughlin will be moving on.

“We did speak to Stephen but as far as I’m concerned he is going elsewhere,” said Martin.

McLaughlin had been strongly linked with a move to Mansfield Town who are managed by former Blues coach Graham Coughlan but it is believed the Stags have so far been unable to agree terms with the Irishman.



28 July 2020
twitter Alan Nixon @reluctantnicko
(Q: Southend McLaughlin to Mansfield true?)
Wasn’t top of list last time I checked


Mansfield Town to step up their pursuit of Southend United winger Stephen McLaughlin
Southend Echo, By Chris Phillips @cjphillips1982
Wed 22 July 2020

MANSFIELD Town are to step up their pursuit of Stephen McLaughlin, Echosport understands.

McLaughlin, who has been with Southend United since 2015, is currently out of contract at Roots Hall.

And former Blues coach Graham Coughlan, who is now manager of the Stags, is keen to take him to Field Mill.

Coughlan is believed to have been keen to bring in McLaughlin since the end of the last season.

But he is now likely to push harder for the winger with wide-man CJ Hamilton set to leave the Stags.

McLaughlin has made 185 appearances for the Shrimpers and started the 2015 League Two play-off final against Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley.



Southend United winger Stephen McLaughlin attracting interest from Mansfield Town
Southend Echo, By Chris Phillips @cjphillips1982
Sun 28 June 2020

SOUTHEND United winger Stephen McLaughlin is wanted by Mansfield Town, Echosport understands.

The Irishman is to be offered another contract with the Shrimpers after his current deal expired this summer.

But the 30-year-old is being strongly linked with the Stags who are managed by former Blues assistant manager Graham Coughlan.

McLaughlin has been at Roots Hall since 2015 and has made 185 appearances for the club.

McLaughlin started Southend’s League Two play-off final success against Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley in 2015.