Everton: AFC Telford United sign Ben McLaughlin on loan

Ben McLaughlin
Ben McLaughlin's grandfather Jimmy used to play on the wing for Telford's local rivals Shrewsbury Town

AFC Telford United have signed teenage defender Ben McLaughlin on a month's loan from Premier League club Everton.

The 19-year-old right-back is a replacement for Ryan Higgins, who has completed his expected move to Chester.

McLaughlin becomes new Telford boss Steve Kittrick's third signing inside a week following Bradford Park Avenue midfielder Jack Rea and Notts County loan defender Kyle Dixon.

Both played in Sunday's 2-1 triumph at Aldershot in the Conference.

McLaughlin is in the final season of a three-year deal with Everton following his arrival from League of Ireland Premier Division side Dundalk in August 2012.

He is yet to feature for the first team at Goodison Park, but is part of the club's Under-21 squad.

Tellford are now unbeaten in four matches since Kittrick's appointment on 22 January.

After taking charge in time for Telford's FA Trophy first round penalties win against Chester, Kittrick has overseen two draws over the festive period against Nuneaton before Sunday's win at the Recreation Ground.

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