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The Championship club have confirmed the signing of Stephen McLaughlin from Airtricity Premier Division side Derry City for an undisclosed fee

Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of Derry City winger Stephen McLaughlin for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old winger arrives at the City Ground after agreeing to sign a three-and-a-half year contract with the Championship club.

Speaking to the club's official website, former Derry City winger McLaughlin said that he was 'very grateful' for the chance to play for Nottingham Forest.

"Things are just going better and better each week for me. I came here on trial after I won the FAI Cup with Derry City," said the former Finn Harps midfielder.

"I was called back, completed my fitness test and medical, went home for Christmas and now I'm back again to sign."

He continued: "I'm not used to how professionally things are run here – this is my first major club. No disrespect to Derry, but this is a massive club and I'm very grateful for the opportunity."

Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi was full of praise for the Irish winger and added that the club was 'delighted' to have captured his signature.

He said: "Stephen is an exciting young talent who been attracting attention from a number of other English clubs.

"We are delighted he is joining us and look forward to helping him develop his career and fulfilling his great potential," added Al Hasawi.

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