When Peamount United beat opponents to the recruitment of Erin McLaughlin it was considered to be quite a coup. Yet nobody knew what kind of impact she would have.

The Donegal native was entering into her first season in the SSE Airtricity Women's National League, so it was a case of waiting to see how she would adapt. Well, six months in, it's safe to declare that she has been a success.

There are impressive numbers to back up that assessment with six goals scored, 50 touches in the opposition penalty area and 82 successful dribbles, but one of McLaughlin's greatest contributions is her movement - on and off the ball.

Whether she is playing out wide or in a central area, McLaughlin covers a huge amount of ground with her big strides and clever decision-making in whether to go or stay. She opens up space for team-mates, gets into dangerous areas behind opposition lines and also shuts down channels when performing defensive duties.

With a player who is constantly on the move, a team like Peamount can play much higher up the pitch and that really suits them with Áine O'Gorman, Stephanie Roche and Alannah McEvoy providing the finishing power when required.

McLaughlin has become a two-way player, which is needed when competing at the top end of the League table, but her strengths are very much in her attacking play. She could easily take up roles as a No 9, a playmaker, a winger or an attacking midfielder. It is this versatility that has seen her emerge as one of Peamount's most consistent performers so far this season.

One may argue that she needs to nail down one position in order to reach the next level, but that is not what Peamount need from her right now. She will find her groove at a set position in time and the more time spent at the Republic of Ireland Home-Based Training Sessions will help with that. But, for now, it's a case of keep doing what she is doing.

In many ways, McLaughlin has filled the void left by Eleanor Ryan-Doyle, who left for Birmingham City last year. They are different types of players but McLaughlin is learning with each game as to how she can contribute in the way that Ryan-Doyle did, but in her own way. This is good news for Peamount who could be back amongst the mix for silverware should they keep up their good recent form.