Kirk McLaughlin talks up family pride as he makes hometown club return

A picture of Kirk McLaughlin
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Kirk McLaughlin is relishing the opportunity to play for his hometown club once again. The 20-year-old returns to Coleraine two years after he left to join Glentoran.

The highly-rated young striker came through the ranks at the Showgrounds. Now he is looking forward to coming back to the club in a full-time capacity and being cheered on by his family from the terraces.

“I can't wait to get started to be honest, coming back to my hometown club and scoring goals," said McLaughlin. I have been coming here since I was a boy and it's just mad now that I've got the opportunity to come here and play full-time professional football. My family will all be down watching, my dad's a big Coleraine fan, so that's the best thing about it.”

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McLaughlin had a successful loan spell at Institute last season scoring 13 goals in 28 appearances for the Championship. Coleraine head coach Dean Shiels hailed those striking instincts as a key reason from bringing him back to the Ballycastle Road.

“Kirk is one we are really excited to get, he’s a local boy, he knows the club and has good connections to the club but most importantly is he’s a good player with those natural goal scoring instincts.

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