WINGER Stephen McLaughlin finally put pen to paper and signed a three-and-a-half year deal with Championship side Nottingham Forest this afternoon.
The former Derry City man, moves to the City Ground for a reported £160,000 plus additional add-on’s, after he caught the eye of Forest’s scouts with a string of impressive performances most noticeably during November’s FAI Cup Final win over St Patrick’s Athletic, at the Aviva Stadium.
The 22-year-old spent a week on trial at Forest last month and convinced them to make a move for his services.
“Things are just going better and better each week for me. I came here on trial after I won the FAI Cup with Derry City,” stated McLaughlin.
“I was called back, completed my fitness test and medical, went home for Christmas and now I’m back again to sign.
“I’m not used to how professionally things are run here – this is my first major club. No disrespect to Derry, but this is a massive club and I’m very grateful for the opportunity.”
Forest Chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi said: “Stephen is an exciting young talent who been attracting attention from a number of other English clubs.
“We are delighted he is joining us and look forward to helping him develop his career and fulfilling his great potential.”