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Sunderland: Remi Matthews reflects on ‘no-brainer’ Black Cats move

Sunderland: Remi Matthews reflects on ‘no-brainer’ Black Cats move - Sunderland News

New Sunderland signing Remi Matthews has said that a move to the Wearsiders was a ‘no-brainer‘ after officially joining the club last week.

Black Cats manager Phil Parkinson saw former first team goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin leave the Stadium of Light this summer after his contract expired and he completed a move to Scottish side Rangers, handing the Sunderland boss an urgent need to find a replacement.

That has now been found in the shape of former Bolton stopper Matthews, who completed a deal to move to the Stadium of Light last week.

Prior to last week’s announcement over Matthews’ deal, Sunderland were linked with two other potential replacements in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Matija Sarkic and Chelsea’s Nathan Baxter.

Speaking on his move to the League One side, Matthews, who made 58 appearances for Bolton, told Sunderland’s official website: “Everybody knows how big this club is.

“I’ve worked with the manager and the backroom staff before, so nobody had to sell it to me – it was a no-brainer.

“I’m delighted to get the deal over the line and I’m excited to get going.”

Matthews was unable to help Bolton to avoid relegation last season, conceding a total of 66 goals in 33 appearances in League One in 2019/20 (two per game).

Released during the summer, the Norfolk-born ‘keeper began his playing career with Norwich City before having loan spells with the likes of Burton Albion, Doncaster Rovers and Plymouth Argyle, as per Transfermarkt.

Matthews has prior experience of League One level but it will be interesting to see whether he is number one over Lee Burge next season.

The former Bolton man may struggle to bounce back morale-wise after such a poor season with the Trotters but a strong start at Sunderland could be the perfect way to put a difficult few months behind him.

Do you think Matthews will go on to become a key player at Sunderland? Let us know in the comments section below…

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