He only just joined the Tigers from Cork City in Ireland. As part of his development, they are sending him out to Paisley until the end of January according to the report.
It’s also claimed he’ll go straight into Jim Goodwin’s squad for the match against Hibs.
Who is the Irish defender seemingly bound for St Mirren though and what’s he like?
McLoughlin will benefit from St Mirren experience
The Irishman has great physical presence. At six foot three, he towers over many strikers in the air.
He’s a typical no nonsense defender, but McLoughlin also has the capability of playing the ball out from the back. In his first league season with Cork, the 22-year-old managed 15 clean sheets in 27 matches.
McLoughlin also has some European experience which will stand him in good stead for his Paisley venture. He has featured in both Champions League and Europa League qualifying for Cork.
Ultimately though he doesn’t have much high level experience outwith his European adventures. He’s relatively inexperienced in that sense and it’s why Hull will be keen for him to play regular minutes.
McLoughlin probably isn’t ready for the Championship, but he will benefit from a St Mirren spell. He will play plenty of football at a high level if he proves himself, something that will help him become a Hull regular.
Hull City’s centre-back represents good potential and St Mirren could be the place where he starts to show it at a high level.