Derry City have announced the signing of free agent Ben Mc Laughlin on a deal until the end of the season.
The 20 year old defender, a grandson of former Derry City and Dundalk managerial supremo Jim McLaughlin, began his professional career at Dundalk, featuring twice on the bench at the tail end of the 2011 season.
He made his competitive debut in the Leinster Senior Cup against Crumlin United in March 2012
before departing for Everton on a three year contract in August after a total of 29 appearances for the Lilywhites where he featured mainly at right back, though made several outings on the opposite side of the defence.
New boss Peter Hutton was impressed by his ability to play in several positions stating, “he brings that versatility which is good because we still have such a small squad."
At Everton he featured mainly for the Development and Under 21 teams but found his progress hampered through injury. He featured on loan for Telford United in the latter half of the 2014/15 season making 8 appearances before suffering a groin injury which required him returning to Everon just a month after his loan spell had been extended until the end of the season.
Hutton expressed his satisfaction at capturing the young full back and emphasized how talented he feels the player is.
"We’re delighted to finally get it done. Ben was keen to come and sign until the end of the season and just get his career going again.
“There’s nothing stopping him getting his confidence back again at Derry after leaving Everton. He can get playing again on a regular basis and possibly get back across the water again further down the line."