Former Nottingham Forest player Stephen McLaughlin has been named as the best player in League Two by football app, FotMob.
The 31-year-old has been on fire for Mansfield Town and his performances have helped the Stags reach the play-offs.
Nigel Clough’s team drew 2-2 with Forest Green on Saturday to set up a play-off date with former foes Northampton Town.
McLaughlin has captained the Stags on a few occasions this season, making 43 appearances and becoming integral under Clough.
He has played either as a left-back or on the left-hand side of midfield, scoring seven goals and registering 10 assists.
The former Forest man has come out on top of FotMob’s list with an average rating of 7.65 across the entire 2021/22 campaign.
He is the only Mansfield player in the top 10 and he’ll hope to carry his strong form into the play-offs.
It’s a far cry from his time at Forest. He arrived at the club from Derry City but was largely viewed as a peripheral, up and coming player.
McLaughlin played just 12 times for the Reds. He failed to score a goal; claiming just two assists before making a permanent switch to Southend.
McLaughlin named best in League Two and the ex-Forest man will hope for promotion
The experienced player has won promotion through the League Two play-offs previously, In 2015, he was in the Southend team that defeated Wycombe in the final at Wembley.
Mansfield will hope to lean on that experience in the coming weeks as they prepare to face Northampton over two legs.
McLaughlin has proved himself as a useful player lower down the pyramid and he’s clearly been in fine form for the Stags during 2021/22.
Some fans grew disgruntled with him last season. His form wasn’t great and plenty felt that Clough might look to move him on.
McLaughlin has proved himself all over again though and the former Forest youngster will now hope to reach League One again.