Right back will be hoping for a starting berth in FranceIn the second part of our exclusive interview with Northern Ireland defender Conor McLaughlin, he talks about this summer’s Euro’s and his journey to reach France.
McLaughlin has been an ever present for the Green and White Army since he appeared in two friendly fixtures for his country in South America in 2014.
From there, he has established himself as a key part of the Irish squad, and will be hoping for a starting berth in their group games against Poland, Ukraine and Germany.
The Belfast born right back paid tribute to the Cod Army however, and stated if it wasn’t for the Club giving him a chance when he left Preston in 2012 then he wouldn’t be in this position.
He said: “The lads are obviously all looking forward to testing themselves against some of the best players in the world.
“For myself, I’m used to just watching these players on TV never mind playing against them, so I really can’t wait for that to see what they’re like.
“The standout team for me will be Germany, but like I say we’ll be up against some unbelievable individuals and I’m looking forward to it.
“I’ve said it before but I’m grateful to Fleetwood Town for giving me a chance when I left Preston. I got regular games which was the main thing I needed.
“From there I’ve managed to step up to international level, and it’s great for the Club to be recognised on the European stage too by having a representative at the tournament.
“Back home in Northern Ireland everyone has just gone crazy for it! I’ve seen video clips on social media of people getting ready to head over there, so there’ll be thousands of people watching us.
“My Mum and Dad will be coming over to watch with my brothers too. Hopefully it’ll be a proud moment for them and they’ll enjoy themselves.”