Former Cork City defender McLoughlin joins St Mirren on loan

Former Cork City defender McLoughlin joins St Mirren on loan
Picture: Jim Coughlan.

SEAN McLoughlin has joined Scottish Premiership side St Mirren on loan from Hull City until January.

The 22-year-old, who joined Hull from Cork City last week, where he was a regular in the Rebel Army side and also was selected on the 2018 PFAI team of the year.

Speaking to the official St Mirren website, McLoughlin is keen to get into the action, as they commence the new campaign against Hibernian.

“I’ve still got a lot to learn but I’m looking forward to the challenge and looking forward to bettering myself and helping the team.

“I know the Scottish league is a tough, challenging league. There’s some massive teams, some massive games and a huge fanbase up here so it’s definitely a great place to be and I’m really looking forward to it.” 

McLoughlin made over 60 appearances while at Cork City having joined from UCC and is a prime example of it is possible to stay at home and get an education, while also pursuing a career in football.

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin, when asked about McLoughlin, described how he is looking forward to working with him.

“We watched a lot of footage of him and he’s tipped for big things so we are delighted to have him in the squad.” Meanwhile, former Cobh Ramblers man Stephen Christopher has made the move to Galway United.

The Cork native has joined up with Eamonn Deacy Park side until the end of the 2019 season and will wear the number 22 jersey.

The versatile midfielder goes straight into United’s squad for the Drogheda game at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night.

23 year old Christopher made over 100 first team appearances at Ramblers, where he spent the last five seasons.

During his time at Ramblers, Christopher helped Cobh reach the EA SPORTS Cup Final in 2018 and a second place league finish in the First Division in 2017.

He also was apart of the Cobh side that reached the promotion playoffs in 2016.

“When you look at Stephen Christopher, you’re getting a really experienced player, that’s still very young," said Galway manager Alan Murphy on Christopher's signing.

“He’s probably Cobh Ramblers most experienced player. He was a regular in the team that reached the EA SPORTS Cup final and played a lot of league games for Cobh.

“He’s a very versatile and driven player, that is shown by his ambition to come up here and join us. He really wants to push on in his career and become the best player he can.

“Stephen is a player that I’ve been keeping a close eye on for a while. He’s performed well against us over the last few years and I’m delighted to add him to our group.”

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