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Conor McLaughlin

Defender


Biography

Date of birth

26/07/1991

Height

183 cm

Signed

20/07/2012

Country

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland international full-back Conor McLaughlin signed for Fleetwood Town from Preston North End in 2012.

Having represented his country at every level, Conor moved to English shores alongside brother Ryan in 2008 to join North End’s youth academy. 

He turned professional at the Lilywhites in January 2010 – making his Preston debut in a defeat at Hull City in November of that year. 

McLaughlin was rewarded with his fine form with an extended contract a month later, but unfortunately broke his leg in a game against Bristol City in February 2011, which halted his development. 

To aid his development following his injury, McLaughlin was loaned out to Shrewsbury Town in March 2012 and made four appearances for the Shrews. 

Having departed Preston earlier that summer, the 23-year-old signed for Fleetwood Town in July 2012, and has since gone onto become a regular feature for both club and country. 

Conor won many admirers for his performances in Town’s inaugural League One campaign, as he cemented the right-back spot under manager Graham Alexander. 

He made 39 appearances for the Fylde Coast outfit, netting his first senior goal in professional football in Fleetwood’s 2-1 victory away at Barnsley in February. 

Aside from a fruitful club season, McLaughlin became a regular in the Northern Ireland set up, featuring in all of their EURO 2016 qualifying fixtures so far.

Conor represented Northern Ireland in the resulting EURO 2016 campaign, thus becoming the first ever Fleetwood Town player to play for the club and play in a major tournament for the first time in the club's history.
 
The records kept being broke by Conor at the start of the 2016/17 season. He scored his first ever international goal against Azerbaijan in a 3-0 win, the first ever Fleetwood Town player to score for his country whilst at the club.
 
Conor was named in the EFL Team of the Season for his performances in Town's fourth place finish in League One in the 2016/17 season.