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The Star understands the 21-year-old full-back is training with the Millers, who have lodged bids for at least two players as they look to strengthen their squad for their forthcoming Championship campaign.
Northern Ireland international Ward, who made 35 starts and scored seven goals as the Rams narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League, pulled out of the South American tour.
That he had been part of a senior Northern Ireland squad before making Liverpool's bench says as much for Michael O'Neill's resources as anything else, but the process was halted abruptly last summer when he made himself unavailable for selection.
* Derby have confirmed the club have exercised the one-year options on the contracts of Jamie Ward and John Eustace.
If he fails to make the step up, I’m sure there will be plenty of clubs in the Championship willing to offer him the opportunity to develop his career.
McLaughlin never made senior appearance for the Premier League side but made nine loan starts for Barnsley in 2014 and featured in five matches for Scottish Premier League outfit Aberdeen in a three-month spell last season.
In an instant he put to bed any lingering thoughts that he might be the next talented youngster to jump ship to the Republic of Ireland, following a well-worn path most recently taken by James McClean.
I have no doubts Dunn will make a good professional, he has a brilliant attitude and in many ways he reminds me of Adam Morgan. I’m sure there will be Championship clubs and League One clubs interested in securing his services if Liverpool decides to let him go.
It was also in that tour where McLaughlin made his unofficial debut for Liverpool, featuring the in the goalless draw against Serie ‘A’ giants AS Roma.
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Once he returns to Liverpool from Barnsley, McLaughlin faces the unenviable task of making his way into the first team picture against the likes of Glen Johnson, Jon Flanagan and Martin Kelly.
The only senior appearance McLaughlin made in the 2014–15 season was in an international friendly for Northern Ireland. In August 2015, he was loaned to Scottish Premiership club Aberdeen.
"Ryan gives us something we haven't got at the moment which is a bit of pace and energy out wide," boss Robinson told the club's official website.
"I am here to stay if I can perform well and I can't wait to get playing."
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Since then Smith went on loan to Swindon Town where he made 7 league appearances in all. Smith played for England U17, U19 and made 3 appearances at U21 level before making the switch to the country of his birth Australia where he has 4 senior caps.
McLaughlin's is a curious case, feted years ago as Northern Ireland's next big thing by Kenny Dalglish but yet to make any real impact in a crowded Anfield scene.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:28, 10 September 2016 (UTC).
Former Liverpool right-back Rob Jones, who coached McLaughlin at the Academy described the Northern Irishman as one of the best right-sided players he has ever seen and believed that he will make it if a club gives him a chance.
By Steven Beacom Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has urged his team to continue their invincible form at Windsor Park and home in on World Cup qualification.
Meanwhile, Stubbs’ most recent acquisition, central midfielder Will Vaulks, will wear the No 4 shirt next season.
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Once he regained full fitness, McLaughlin became the first Liverpool player to represent Northern Ireland in 78 years when he came on as a substitute in a friendly against Uruguay in May 2014. It looked as if that cap was to be the first of many.
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McLaughlin has represented Northern Ireland at Under-16, Under-17 and currently at Under-19 and Under-21 level. He was called up to the Northern Ireland senior squad for a friendly against Finland on 15 August 2012 but was forced to withdraw due to a hip injury.
But he is prepared to wait until after the season has started if necessary to ensure he lands the right men.
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"I didn't think I would play much for Northern Ireland so I thought it was best to stay at Liverpool and concentrate on that.
Rotherham have unveiled squad numbers for 20 players: 1 Lee Camp, 2 Stephen Kelly, 3 Joe Mattock, 4 Will Vaulks, 5 Kirk Broadfoot, 6 Richard Wood, 7 Anthony Forde, 8 Lee Frecklington, 9 Danny Ward, 10 Jake Forster-Caskey, 12 Lewis Price, 15 Greg Halford, 19 Jonson Clarke-Harris, 22 Joe Newell, 23 Tom Thorpe, 25 Chris Dawson, 26 Aimen Belaid, 33 Richie Smallwood, 39 Jerry Yates, 40 Mason Warren.
Lussey is a box-to-box midfielder, he has got a good engine and can chip in with the odd goal. He is yet to play for the first team but travelled with the squad for the Besiktas recently.
McLaughlin is Steve Robinson's 16th new signing since he took charge in July.
McLaughlin, Ryan - Oldham (ENG)
It seemed a bold move for the teenager to make, and raised inevitable speculation that he was harbouring hopes of a call from the FAI.
While we have witnessed the progression of Raheem Sterling, Jordon Ibe and Jon Flanagan to the first team in recent years, for every Sterling, Ibe and Flanagan there are numerous other academy players who do not make the grade at Liverpool. Many go on to have good careers in the lover leagues and abroad.
On 9 January 2014, McLaughlin was signed by Football League Championship side Barnsley on a 28-day loan deal and was given squad number 27. He made his club and senior career debut on 18 January against Blackpool in the Championship. On 29 January 2014 it was announced that McLaughlin sustained an injury that will keep him out for four weeks. Two days later his loan was extended until the end of the season.
Ryan McLaughlin is approaching a crossroads in his Liverpool career. A couple of years ago he seemed destined for the first team. He was a star performer for both the U18 and U21 teams and he was brought on the North American Tour in 2012 where he played against Roma in a pre-season friendly.
While he made his comeback earlier this season, not much has being seen of him since. He did though receive a call up for the USA’s training camp in January.
However, any potential debut was put on hold due to injury, something that turned out to be a regular occurence throughout his Liverpool career.
"They have a right to think that because players have done it in the past, but I met Michael face-to-face and told him my reasons.
He is another player that needs a good preseason and a good loan – Ryan Mason at Spurs is an example to every young footballer not to give up.