What Charlton's manager couldn't believe about ex-Sunderland, Celtic, Cardiff & Bristol City defender

Lee Bowyer couldn’t believe his luck when he landed ex-Sunderland defender Adam Matthews for nothing this summer.

Wednesday, 11th September 2019, 12:15 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th September 2019, 12:16 pm

The 27-year-old had been released by the Black Cats at the end of last season but agreed a 12-month deal with the Addicks last week, becoming the Championship club’s 15th signing during this window.

Matthews was an unused Sunderland substitute as the Wearsiders lost to Bowyer’s side after a last-minute Patrick Bauer goal handed the victory to Charlton in the League One play-off final at Wembley.

Charlton’s boss, though, was made up after capturing the former Celtic man. “I can’t believe it [that he was still available],” said Bowyer. “He is only 27 and has still got so much more to offer.

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Adam Matthews in action for Sunderland last season.

“I’m sure working with Jacko [Johnnie Jackson] that he is going to get better, for sure. I couldn’t believe our luck he was on a free.

“He is another good signing. He is a Welsh international and is going to bring us something different. He is definitely going to give us more going forward – his end product is very, very good.

“He has experience at club level and internationally. For me, it is a no brainer. He came in and impressed us straight away.

“We have got to get him fit but there are still 40-odd games to go. Adam is definitely going to be important, sooner rather than later.

“He is playing in the U23s [yesterday] to get some minutes into him. He played in a behind-closed-doors game the other week and impressed in that as well.