Date of birth
Republic of Ireland
Stephen McLaughlin signed for Southend United permanently in the summer of 2015 after helping the club achieve promotion in a loan spell in 2014/15.
Born in Donegal, Stephen began his career in English football at Nottingham Forest, signing from Derry City in 2013. He would total just nine games in two years for the Reds and spent time away from the City Ground with the likes of Bristol City and Notts County.
Impressing during his loan at Southend, the Irishman penned a permanent three-year contract in the summer of 2015 for an undisclosed fee. His best goalscoring campaign came in 2016/17, chipping in with eight goals from the wide midfield position and he subsequently signed a new long-term contract to tie him down at the club for the next three years.