Adam Matthews loaned back out to Bristol City

The Sunderland defender will spend the coming season at Ashton Gate after a stint with the Robins last term.

Adam Matthews loaned back out to Bristol City
Adam Matthews is unveiled as a Bristol player. (Photo: Bristol City FC)

Sunderland right-back Adam Matthews has joined Bristol City on loan, again.

Matthews spent part of the 2015-16 campaign at Ashton Gate on a temporary basis, and now he will spend the entire of the 2016-17 season with the Robins after putting pen to paper on the loan deal today.

The switch has been imminent for a day or so now, with his departure this summer inevitable, and Bristol fans will be happy to hear that there is no option of a recall on Sunderland's behalf either.

Sunderland fans will probably be happy to hear as much as well though, with Matthews having failed to make an impact on Wearside after signing from Celtic last summer.

Dick Advocaat signed the full-back but even the Dutchman didn't favour him before leaving his post only a few months into the season.

Instead, Matthews fell behind Billy Jones and late summer loan signing DeAndre Yedlin in the pecking order before being loaned out to Bristol in the New Year.

While Sunderland's search for another right-back goes on though, following Yedlin's return to Tottenham Hotspur and the collapse of a deal for Davide Santon, it's clear that Matthews is not the solution to their problems and instead perhaps the answer for the Robins, who are delighted to have him back.

A rare glimpse of Matthews in a Sunderland shirt - against Exeter City in the League Cup. (Photo: Getty)
A rare glimpse of Matthews in a Sunderland shirt - against Exeter City in the League Cup. (Photo: Getty)

The Robins relishing Matthews' return

Speaking to Bristol's official website, manager Lee Johnson expressed his delight at Matthews being back at the club, saying he "certainly fits the bill in terms of quality and experience at this level."

The right-back has spent a significant amount of his career in the Championship, and will look to use this to benefit his temporary employers as they look to build on last season's evasion of relegation.

Furthermore, he will be playing for his future, with it certainly not at Sunderland and possibly at Ashton Gate instead.