STEPHEN McLAUGHLIN will have a medical at Nottingham Forest today ahead of his expected £200,000 switch from Derry City, writes Ruaidhri O'Connor.
The Donegal native looks set to become the latest to roll off the Candystripes production line and across the Irish Sea, following James McClean, Danny Lafferty, Paddy McCourt and Niall McGinn in making recent moves.
McLaughlin got his opportunity after McClean's departure to Sunderland and the tricky winger made an impact when Stephen Kenny handed him his chance.
He built on it this season and played a major role in Declan Devine's side's run to the FAI Ford Cup this season. His move is expected to be worth £200,000 to the Foylesiders who will also be entitled to extras if it works out under Forest boss, former Ireland international Sean O'Driscoll.
"I go over on Tuesday, but nothing has been agreed yet," stated 22-year-old McLaughlin. "It has been a long couple of weeks, not knowing what was going to happen, but hopefully now things are moving and everything will be sorted out.
"If I get the opportunity to sign for Forest then, yes, I'll be over the moon. Who wouldn't be delighted? I enjoyed my trial with Forest.
"It's a massive step up from League of Ireland, because there are better players, better facilities and better training."
McLaughlin's Derry team-mate Barry McNamee could follow him to the City Ground after he also spent time there on trial.