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Northern Ireland's Conor McLaughlin completes move to League One club

Northern Ireland's Conor McLaughlin.
Northern Ireland's Conor McLaughlin.
Northern Ireland's Conor McLaughlin

Northern Ireland full-back Conor McLaughlin will be playing in League One next season.

The 27-year-old has been confirmed as Sunderland's newest signing on a two year deal.

McLaughlin was released by Millwall at the end of the season and will now link up with international team-mates Will Grigg and Tom Flanagan, who has been playing centre-half for the Black Cats.

A number of clubs were thought to be rivalling Sunderland for McLaughlin's signature.

“He brings quality and experience to a position that was of high priority for us to have options in," said Sunderland boss Jack Ross. "I look forward to working with him over the course of the season.”

The right-back endured a tough 18/19 season as a troublesome quad injury cost him the international starting spot he had enjoyed during Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifying campaign.

Northern Ireland have utilised Paddy McNair and, more recently, Hearts' Michael Smith at right-back in McLaughlin's stead.

Out since November, he returned to make a final two Championship appearances for Millwall in April.

He will no doubt be keen to ensure he is first choice at his new club to ensure he can add to his 34 Northern Ireland caps.

Sunderland were on the look-out for a new right-back after releasing Welshman Adam Matthews, who joined the club for a reported £2m from Celtic in 2015.

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