Former Sunderland player Jon McLaughlin has outlined his reasons for recently leaving the Stadium of Light.
With the 2019/20 season over for the Black Cats, manager Phil Parkinson saw a large number of his current squad leave the club due to their expiring contracts. One of those players was first choice goalkeeper McLaughlin, who has now departed for Scottish Premiership side Rangers.
The 32-year-old stopper gained interest from Championship side Blackburn Rovers before agreeing a move to join Steven Gerrard’s side, a move that will be completed on June 30 when his current deal expires.
Following his departure from the Stadium of Light, McLaughlin has now revealed one of the reasons behind his decision to not sign a new deal on Wearside.
Speaking to Rangers’ official website, McLaughlin said: “It has been slightly difficult with the league situation down in England and hopefully this can further my reputation and help in-terms of how it is viewed by Steve Clarke and the Scotland setup.”
The 32-year-old has made two appearances for the Scottish national side, featuring against Mexico in 2018 and in a European Qualifier against San Marino.
It is an honest admission by McLaughlin but one that will likely be another kick in the teeth for Sunderland fans.
The time when playing for Sunderland could help to boost international recognition seems to be long gone and the words from McLaughlin could be seen as a warning to players who are approached by the former Premier League club.
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