Squad Number: 9
Date of Birth: 6th March 1990
Debut: vs Glentoran (August 8, 2015)
Previous Clubs: Linfield, Ballymena United, Ballybogey.
James McLaughlin earned himself a deal with the Bannsiders in July 2015 following a successful trial period with the club. The predatory striker was formerly on the books at Linfield and Ballymena but dropped down to play junior football with Ballybogey. He marked his debut with a memorable winning goal against Glentoran and notched 20 goals in his first season. A cruciate knee injury cruelly ruled James out for the entirety of the 2017/18 season, but he returned to bag 11 goals during the last campaign. He will be hoping for a repeat performance from his first season during 2019-20.