McLaughlin heads to Forest

Stephen McLaughlin
Stephen McLaughlin

DERRY City winger Stephen McLaughlin travels to Nottingham Forest tomorrow where he is expected to have a medical, before signing for the Championship club.

Although a fee still hasn’t been agreed between the two clubs it’s thought Forest will pay £200,000 for the talented winger, who had a week’s trial with Sean O’Driscoll’s side recently, plus add-ons; while fellow midfielder Barry McNamee could also be on his way to the City Ground, after he impressed after his recent trial.

“I go over on Tuesday, but nothing has been agreed yet,” stated McLaughlin.

“It has been a long couple of weeks, not knowing what was going to happen, but hopefully now things are moving and everything will be sorted out.

“It would be a nice Christmas present, but I’m going over for talks on Tuesday and see what happens from there.”

The 22-year-old also confirmed that despite some nerves he really enjoyed his trial at Forest.

“If I get the opportunity to sign for Forest then yes I’ll be over the moon, who wouldn’t be delighted?

“I enjoyed my time with Forest, yes it’s a massive step up from League of Ireland, because there is better players, better facilites and better training.

“Once I got over my nerves at the start of the week I was OK and I got on alright, their training wasn’t a major shock to me, yes it was quicker but once I got up to speed I was fine; I think I was nervous because you just don’t know what to expect, but when I was leaving I felt grand and that I did OK.”