Wimbledon Confirm McLoughlin Signing
Thursday, 31st Jan 2019 11:13
AFC Wimbledon have confirmed the permanent signing of Blues midfielder Shane McLoughlin, as first revealed by TWTD yesterday.
The 21-year-old Irishman leaves the Blues on a free transfer, signing an 18-month deal, and could make his debut in Saturday’s League One match at Sunderland.
“Shane is versatile and very sharp and accurate on the ball,” Wimbledon boss Wally Downes told the Dons’ official site.
“He has great energy, a superb attitude, and he fits the age bracket we want. He is the type of player that we want here.
“Shane has been on my radar for ages. A couple of friends I know that used to play for Ipswich told me about him quite a while ago, so I kept my eye on him.
“We had looked to bring him to India with us when I was out there, but that didn’t happen, and he was doing well at Ipswich.
“I’ve been aware of him for quite a while. He is young and hungry to do well, which is what we want, and he has a great attitude.”
McLoughlin, who has been capped by the Republic of Ireland at U16 and U18 levels, joined the Blues academy at 16 and made his first-team debut in the Carabao Cup tie at Crystal Palace in August 2017, his only start for the club.
Primarily a central midfielder but having also operated wide, up front and as a full-back for the U23s, McLoughlin made his one and only Championship appearance as a sub in the 2-2 home draw with Middlesbrough in last season’s final home match, winning the Blues a penalty which was converted by Martyn Waghorn.
While at Portman Road, McLoughlin, who we understand had also interested Luton Town in recent months, also had two spells on loan with Vanarama National League Bromley.
Also among Wimbledon’s recruits this January is former Blues winger Dylan Connolly, who signed from Dundalk in his native Ireland.
Photo: Action Images
Please report offensive, libellous or inappropriate posts by using the links provided.
You need to login in order to post your comments
Blogs 269 bloggers
Hello Old Friend - AFC Wimbledon Home Preview by portmantales
AFC Wimbledon make their first ever trip down to Portman Road in their current guise tonight on the back of the greatest escape in their club’s short history.
Football's Financial Crisis by Stowmarket
I have been watching English football for over 40 years, from top-tier to non-league. In that time it has faced many low points, including mass hooliganism and stadium deaths in tragedies such as Hillsborough and Valley Parade.
Green’Un With Envy by ElephantintheRoom
I guess you have to be of a certain age to remember the Green’Un. Those brought up in the era of the Internet might struggle to understand the excitement of hearing a possibly still-damp newspaper of greenish hue drop through the letter box on a Saturday evening.
Return of the Posh Messiah? - Peterborough Away Preview by portmantales
Classic standing terraces, a reckless Lee Martin and of course Darren Ferguson. These are the things that first come to mind when I think of Peterborough.
Heart of Darkness by Stowmarket
Joseph Conrad’s short novel Heart of Darkness is one of my favourite books. It is based on the real events which the writer experienced first-hand while travelling up the Congo river. It asks serious questions about empire-building and racism.
Ipswich Town Polls
[ Vote here ]