Saturday 20 January 2018

O'Driscoll expecting McLaughlin to be a hit

NOTTINGHAM Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll says the club have agreed a fee with Derry City for Donegal-born winger Stephen McLaughlin.

And former Ireland international O'Driscoll believes that the highly-rated winger can make an impact at the City Ground once the deal, reportedly worth £200,000, is completed, though McLaughlin's former club Finn Harps will stand to benefit as part of the move which took him from Harps to City.

"We are in the process of signing Stephen and he looks to be a talented boy. The fee has been arranged, there are just one or two other things we need to sort out," said O'Driscoll, who decided to bring in the former Finn Harps man after McLaughlin impressed on trial earlier this month.

"He can play on the right or the left, he is 22 years old and has great potential.

"He came from the same club as James McClean came from, when he went to Sunderland.

"They let him go, because they knew they had Stephen coming through as well."

McClean, of course, made an immediate impact at Sunderland, winning a place in the first team within four months of his move to England and O'Driscoll also hopes that McLaughlin can do something similar.

"I don't think you can wait a couple of years for him to come through. He has impressed in training," he said.

"The dilemma is whether you throw him in because he has that potential?

"Because how long was Garath McCleary here before Steve Cotterill gave him a run of games in the side.

"He was here for a few years when what he needed was games. We want to be in a position where we can give him a chance.

"He has potential and this club has a history of bringing through good young players. We want to continue that," O'Driscoll added.

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