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McLaughlin glad to join Blackpool

 

By Adam McKendry

Northern Ireland wing-back Ryan McLaughlin has landed a move to League One side Blackpool from Oldham Athletic, who were relegated from the division.

The 23-year-old makes the switch after the two clubs agreed compensation for the player, who was out of contract following the end of last season and was always likely to move on.

McLaughlin has agreed a two-year deal at Bloomfield Road and will be hoping to fight his way into the starting line-up.

He joins another Northern Ireland international at the club after Jordan Thompson netted a move to the Tangerines from Rangers earlier this summer.

Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer admitted he is thrilled to get the deal done and is excited to see what McLaughlin can bring to the table.

"I'm absolutely delighted to bring Ryan to the club," said Bowyer. "We have been working very hard on this deal all summer and his desire to join us has been incredible.

"He's an exciting addition capable of playing in a variety of positions and, in my opinion, he has all the qualities to play at a higher level.

"We're looking forward to bringing that talent out during his time with us."

McLaughlin, who went on tour with Northern Ireland to Central America in May/June and featured in both matches against Panama and Costa Rica, is also happy to get the deal over the line.

"It's been on the cards for a while and I'm delighted to finally get it all done," he told Blackpool's official website. "I'm looking forward to getting into training now and seeing all the lads.

"I talked to the manager and I got a really good feel for the club when I was speaking to him. I'm just delighted to come here."

Blackpool, who finished 12th in League One last season, begin their push to gain promotion to the Championship with a trip to Wycombe on August 4.

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