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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby Amber Andy » Fri Sep 11, 2020 3:58 pm

I am Spartacus wrote:Short term deal

Modern definition - Pre salary cap players hung out for more money hoping to force clubs to pay over the odds wages to players though after the salary cap they had to take what was offered at the last minute.

Or maybe he has injury issues.
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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby Tippy Tappy Football » Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:43 pm

Stephen McLaughlin becomes another player to play for all three Notts clubs in the EFL along with Colin Calderwood, Trevor Christie, Darren Ward, Jason Lee, John Thompson, Kieran Freeman, Craig Westcarr, Jorge Grant etc

Any others?
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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby I am Spartacus » Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:25 pm

Amber Andy wrote:
I am Spartacus wrote:Short term deal

Modern definition - Pre salary cap players hung out for more money hoping to force clubs to pay over the odds wages to players though after the salary cap they had to take what was offered at the last minute.

Or maybe he has injury issues.


Injury Issues???? I know that at times our recruitment process in the past has been on a par with going down to the Seamen’s Mission and signing on the Pirate with the shiniest wooden leg but I can’t see Dave Sharpe being that blunt that we would sign on another ‘nearly cripple’?
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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby The One » Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:30 pm

Tippy Tappy Football wrote:Stephen McLaughlin becomes another player to play for all three Notts clubs in the EFL along with Colin Calderwood, Trevor Christie, Darren Ward, Jason Lee, John Thompson, Kieran Freeman, Craig Westcarr, Paul Anderson etc

Any others?

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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby Tippy Tappy Football » Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:33 pm

Jimmy Knowles has not played for Forest's first team.
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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby Tippy Tappy Football » Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:40 pm

Some quick feedback from Southend fans on Stephen McLaughlin:

"Very good left winger and great left foot who chips in with a few goals too. Always works hard for team. Coughlan will know him very well. Gutted to have lost him."

"Good player. Has been a great servant to Southend."

"So sorry to see him go. Could have been a big player for us this season. A good servant to the club."

"Good luck to him. Fully committed player bit unfortunate with injuries."

"Blows hot and cold. A tidy player with confidence"

"Thunderbolt shot, but as said blows hot and cold, however he is a good player that I wish was still with us"

"Weakness. He doesn't get back enough and lazy son of a bitch and strengths he can score some cracking goals"

"Too many off days compared to good, needs a good run of games to get the best out of him again."

"Good crosser of the ball. Excellent touch. Work rate average at best. raspberrys in a challenge. Always whingeing. Glad to see the back of him."

"When initially on loan I liked him. He was also ok for his first season then..... a total waste of time other than an occasional glimpse of ability - waste of a decent salary."

"Just past his sell buy date. Thanks for the loyalty over the last few raspberry years"

"Mixed feelings. First couple of seasons, on his day he was the best player on the pitch, but past couple of years too many injuries, inconsistent and I'd noticed the lack of tracking back etc, usually ran out of steam around 70mins. Maybe the new challenge will what he needs."
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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby Stagsfan11 » Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:47 pm

Tippy Tappy Football wrote:Stephen McLaughlin becomes another player to play for all three Notts clubs in the EFL along with Colin Calderwood, Trevor Christie, Darren Ward, Jason Lee, John Thompson, Kieran Freeman, Craig Westcarr, Paul Anderson etc

Any others?


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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby yellowstagsfan » Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:51 pm

Amber Andy wrote:
I am Spartacus wrote:Short term deal

Modern definition - Pre salary cap players hung out for more money hoping to force clubs to pay over the odds wages to players though after the salary cap they had to take what was offered at the last minute.

Or maybe he has injury issues.

Probably a deal till a January whilst hoping the Covid situation improves. Keeps himself fit playing games giving us his experience and then considers his options then Suits both parties
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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby Tippy Tappy Football » Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:55 pm

Stagsfan11 wrote:
Tippy Tappy Football wrote:Stephen McLaughlin becomes another player to play for all three Notts clubs in the EFL along with Colin Calderwood, Trevor Christie, Darren Ward, Jason Lee, John Thompson, Kieran Freeman, Craig Westcarr, etc

Any others?


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Who have been permanent signings for all three clubs? - Trevor Christie, Darren Ward, Jason Lee, John Thompson, Craig Westcarr
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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby Martin Shaw » Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:36 pm

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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby gazza1988 » Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:46 pm

Or he's a winger willing to give wing back/centre mid a chance and wants a get out if he doesn't enjoy it/cant adapt.
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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby 88BenM » Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:35 pm

Tippy Tappy Football wrote:Stephen McLaughlin becomes another player to play for all three Notts clubs in the EFL along with Colin Calderwood, Trevor Christie, Darren Ward, Jason Lee, John Thompson, Kieran Freeman, Craig Westcarr, Jorge Grant etc

Any others?


He played for Stags January 1st 2012, Forest January 8th 2012 and County January 14th 2012. Unique.
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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby STAGS FOR LIFE » Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:09 pm

:) Welcome Stephen to MTFC
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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby Amberheart » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:45 am

Welcome to MTFC Stephen & good luck
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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby MTFCMusings » Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:34 am

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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby tillydog123 » Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:02 am

Good signing and shame he missed all the pre season
Slightly worried about good and bad days though from Southend fans
We need consistency this season with a big C
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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby Tippy Tappy Football » Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:10 am

It will be nice to have someone with a Johnny Miller/Louis Briscoe type rocket shot again.
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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby yorkshire stag » Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:25 am

Tippy Tappy Football wrote:It will be nice to have someone with a Johnny Miller/Louis Briscoe type rocket shot again.


not forgetting the ability to cross a ball !!! imagine that option
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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby Tippy Tappy Football » Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:47 am

If they could cross a ball then they would not be playing in League 2 :lol:

CJ used to roll some lovely balls across the edge of the area but we never had any midfield players charging forward to smash them in.
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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby Conker » Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:58 am

Tippy Tappy Football wrote:If they could cross a ball then they would not be playing in League 2 :lol:

CJ used to roll some lovely balls across the edge of the area but we never had any midfield players charging forward to smash them in.


Must have been under Flitcroft because CJ forgot how to kick a ball last season.
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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby Martin Shaw » Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:20 pm

I've written up the interview for the latest news archive:

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."

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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby Dan » Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:51 pm

I’d love to know what took it so long to get done. That could cost us big time in the long run.
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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby Tippy Tappy Football » Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:55 am

16/09/20: Statement by Southend Chairman, Ron Martin.

I assume Stephen MacLoughlin is included in Ron Martin's reference to overpaid underperforming players.

"Mark Molesley inherited a young squad as a consequence of me taking my scalpel to the squad throughout last year. There were many players last season (and the year before if the truth was known) who enjoyed big salaries but did not perform to either their ability or maybe our recruitment could be criticised too. Throughout last year we negotiated the payoff of four players and contracts came to an end in June… a change around of some 13 personnel. Changes needed to be made and this was a deliberate strategy to clear the decks for the new management team. We have reduced the balance owed to HMRC, by a third but cashflow over the past six months has been very limited and we have had the carry the club costs through this difficult Covid period including paying off overpaid/underperforming players."
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Re: Signing today - Stephen McLaughlin

Postby The One » Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:23 pm

Tippy Tappy Football wrote:16/09/20: Statement by Southend Chairman, Ron Martin.

I assume Stephen MacLoughlin is included in Ron Martin's reference to overpaid underperforming players.

"Mark Molesley inherited a young squad as a consequence of me taking my scalpel to the squad throughout last year. There were many players last season (and the year before if the truth was known) who enjoyed big salaries but did not perform to either their ability or maybe our recruitment could be criticised too. Throughout last year we negotiated the payoff of four players and contracts came to an end in June… a change around of some 13 personnel. Changes needed to be made and this was a deliberate strategy to clear the decks for the new management team. We have reduced the balance owed to HMRC, by a third but cashflow over the past six months has been very limited and we have had the carry the club costs through this difficult Covid period including paying off overpaid/underperforming players."


That can also read we signed and paid wages that were above our income and its all the players fault
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