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Matthews Rejoins City On Loan

Bristol City FC have completed the season-long loan signing of Sunderland defender Adam Matthews.

The 24-year-old returns to the club where he enjoyed a successful temporary spell at the back end of the 2015/16 campaign.

Matthews has successfully passed a medical and agreed terms on a loan deal for the entirety of the 2016/17 season, with no option of a recall.

Head coach Lee Johnson said: “I’m pleased to have Adam back with us. He did very well at the back end of last season and certainly fits the bill in terms of quality and experience at this level.

“He’s still a good age. I know he enjoyed his time here last season and was delighted to come back, and I know the fans really took to him as well.”

The 13-cap Wales international is a right-back who began his career across the Severn Bridge at Cardiff City, with whom he went on to make 48 appearances, scoring one goal.

Celtic took Matthews on a free transfer in 2011 where the Welshman won four consecutive Scottish Premier League titles, as well as Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup medals in 2013 and 2015 respectively.

Matthews also bolstered his experience playing in the Champions League and Europa League with the Glasgow club.

A £2m switch to Sunderland took place in the summer of 2015, but a couple of ankle injuries left him with only two first-team appearances to his name.

The defender joined City in March in order to play games and made nine appearances as the team secured Sky Bet Championship survival.

He made his international debut in 2011 against Scotland and joined up with the Wales squad ahead of Euro 2016, before narrowly missing the cut on the eve of the tournament.

Matthews will now link up with the squad for the home friendly with Portsmouth on Saturday (3pm). Tickets for the Ashton Gate encounter are still available online or by calling 0117 963 0600.

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