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City A Club On The Up - Matthews

Adam Matthews revealed the ambition of Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson was a big factor in committing his future to Ashton Gate – whether short or long term.

The Welsh international right-back joins on loan from Sunderland for the rest of the season, but is already talking about what his temporary employers hope to achieve beyond the current campaign. 

The Cardiff City Academy graduate made 148 appearances in four years at Celtic before signing for Sunderland last summer, but has not played a competitive game since August. 

Matthews, who hopes to force his way into the Wales squad for the upcoming European Championships, goes straight into Johnson’s squad to face Wolves at Molineux tomorrow night (7.45pm). 

“It’s happened quite quickly,” he told Bristol City Player HD. “I first found out on Friday and I thought it would be a good move for me – hopefully I can help the team and get some games as well. 

“Speaking to the gaffer, he wants to build for next season and push for a top-six place. I think it’s a good club and it’s heading in the right direction. 

“Obviously I haven’t played many games this season and he wanted to know how fit I was, but I feel good in myself and hopefully I can come in straightaway and show what I can do. 

“In the last couple of months I’ve played in five or six reserve games for Sunderland against good teams. I feel as fit as I can be at the minute. 

“I can play left-back and I’ve played right wing before, but I think right-back is where I’m most comfortable. I like to get forward, get crosses in and support the front men. 

“If all goes well for both parties there’s a possibility of a (permanent) move in the summer, so we’ll see how it goes and if he (Johnson) wants to keep me."