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Leeds competing with other Championship clubs for the signature of Conor McLaughlin

Northern Ireland international is out of contract at the end of June

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On the verge of being without a club, Northern Ireland international Conor McLaughlin has some suitors. Fleetwood Town are going to be without the fullback come July 1st, and McLaughlin will want his future sorted out as quickly as possible.

The skilled and talented fullback has spent his last five seasons playing for The Fishermen, but it appears as though that tenure is over as first-team manager Uwe Rosler has decided not to hand McLaughlin a new deal. Not only is this news shocking, but it is a great opportunity for Leeds United to snatch up a player who could become a very key member of the back line.

Leeds aren’t the only team chasing Conor’s signature, with Championship foes Bolton Wanderers and Millwall also expressing interest. Bolton are definitely last in the mix to sign Conor McLaughlin as recently they have signed Mark Little on a free transfer from Bristol City. Mark Little also plays right fullback, so it looks as though only Leeds and Millwall are the only two teams that are fighting for Conor McLaughlin at this moment in time.

Fleetwood Town’s dreams of playing in the Championship next season came to an end when they were beaten in the play-off semi-final by Bradford City, despite Fleetwood Town finishing in 4th place in the regular season. McLaughlin had a fantastic season. Not only was he included in League One’s team of the season, but he also added five goals to his name in 49 total appearances last season.

Not only is McLaughlin a skilled fullback, but he is also an established member of the Northern Ireland national team as well. Conor has earned himself 22 total caps for Northern Ireland, and also represented them at the European Championships last summer in France.

And as if things can’t get any better already, they can. Not only is McLaughlin a terrific player who Leeds could really use, but our fullbacks have come under a lot of scrutiny, and I think McLaughlin is the right kind of man for the job. He is a competitor, and he loves to get up and down the pitch with his endless stamina. A true workhorse, and it won’t cost Leeds United a single penny as he will be joining any team on a free transfer this summer.

Let the numbers and his style of play speak for themselves, I think he would be a great fit for Leeds. What are your thoughts? Let me know down below!