Nottingham Forest winger Stephen McLaughlin has told Forest Player that he wants to be prepared for a potential first team call up before the end of the season.The Irishman arrived from Derry City in January and was named among the substitutes in The Reds’ wins against Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town.
But his development was halted when he sustained ankle ligament damage in training last month, and he is now in a race against the clock to prove to Billy Davies that he can play a part in what is sure to be a frantic finale to Forest’s season.
He marked his return from injury by playing 45 minutes in the Under 21s’ 1-1 draw at Leicester yesterday, and he is likely to feature in tomorrow night’s trip to Crewe – the final match of the season for Charlie McParland’s men.
And McLaughlin believes that the game time will be invaluable to him as he looks to catch Davies’ eye.
He said: “If I’m called upon, I want to be ready. I’m just looking to get fit by playing regularly again, that’s what I’m concentrating on.
“The summer will get me a rest. I’ve come from a full season in Ireland straight into this one. A nice break will be good before I continue to adapt to the way English teams play.”
Despite his injury frustrations, McLaughlin has enjoyed his time in England so far and is grateful for the assistance he has received in adjusting to life on Trentside.
He said: “Everybody has helped me. Amy Sutton, PA to the football department, has been a massive help and all the boys have made me feel welcome.
“It’s been really easy to settle in Nottingham – it’s a very nice city.”
Click here to watch his full interview on Forest Player.