Sunderland have made their fourth signing of the summer today. Goalkeeper Remi Matthews has signed a one-year deal, having left Bolton Wanderers earlier this summer.
The shot-stopper follows Morgan Feeney to Wearside today, with the former Everton centre-back signing a short-term deal with the Black Cats, ending a 13-year stay on Merseyside. Both players were announced to fans via the club’s official website.
Sunderland Sign Goalkeeper Remi Matthews
Remi Matthews Ends Goalkeeper Search
Earlier this summer, Sunderland lost Scottish goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin to Rangers, with a replacement made a priority. Phil Parkinson’s search ended today with the signing of 26-year-old shot-stopper Remi Matthews. The former Bolton keeper signed a one-year deal and will compete with Lee Burge for the number one position.
Upon completion of the deal, Matthews said: “Everybody knows how big this club is and 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.”
Phil Parkinson Delighted to Have Signed a Goalkeeper
Manager Phil Parkinson was delighted to have finally signed a ‘keeper, following weeks of work and the added complications that the new salary cap has brought.
Parkinson said of his new player: “This is a big signing for us because we have been trying to sign a goalkeeper and that process became very complicated due to the salary cap situation. Remi is a player with good experience but at 26, he’s at a good age with plenty of improvement in him as well.”
Experienced and Well Known to Phil Parkinson
In Matthews, Sunderland have signed a goalkeeper with experience, especially in the Football League. He has experience of playing in the Championship, as well as playing more than 70 games in League One.
The move also reunites Matthews with manager Phil Parkinson. It was Parkinson who signed the goalkeeper for Bolton, initially on loan before making the move permanent. Matthews came through the ranks at Norwich City before having spells with Burton Albion, Doncaster Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, in Scotland with Hamilton Academical, before his time at Bolton.
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