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Wednesday 05 Jul 2017
Northern Ireland defender becomes a Lion

Conor McLaughlin has been snapped up by Championship side Millwall.

The 25-year-old Northern Ireland defender joins the south London club from League One outfit Fleetwood Town, for whom he made more than 200 appearances over the past five years.

After passing a medical and signing a two-year deal, McLaughlin told the Lions’ website: "I'm delighted to get everything signed.

“I first heard of Millwall's interest towards the back end of last season, but I then went away on holiday and got married, so it took a bit of time - but I'm glad it's all sorted now.

"I'm really looking foward to getting going. I just want to start and get to know my team-mates."

The new Lion, who has played 26 times for his country, also revealed fellow Northern Ireland international and Millwall player Shane Ferguson was a factor in him joining the club.

He said: "I sent Fergie a few texts and asked him what the club was like while we were away on international duty. He didn't need to sell the club to me, but he said nothing but good things."

Millwall boss Neil Harris said he was delighted to bring McLaughlin to The Den.

"We've been chasing Conor all summer," he revealed.

"He was one of the outstanding performers in League One last season and was voted by his peers into the team of the year, which is the biggest accolade you can have in professional football.

"He's a solid, reliable right back, who is first and foremost a very good defender. He's technically very good and has many caps for Northern Ireland. His character will blend in very well with the rest of the group."

During his time at Fleetwood the right back became the club’s first full international when he played for Northern Ireland against Uruguay in 2014.