FORMER Celtic defender Adam Matthews has joined Bristol City on a season-long loan deal.
The Welsh international right-back was told he had no future at Sunderland by new boss David Moyes.
Matthews, 24, agreed a loan move to the Championship side in March and made nine appearances as the club secured survival.
City head coach Lee Johnson said: “I’m pleased to have Adam back with us. He did very well 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 and was delighted to come back. Also, I know the fans really took to him, as well.”
Matthews, who was bought by Dick Advocaat for £2million from the Hoops a year ago, made only two first team appearances for the Wearside outfit.
New England chief Sam Allardyce ignored him after taking over from the Dutchman in October.
Matthews was signed by ex-Parkhead gaffer Neil Lennon on a Bosman deal from Cardiff City in July 2011.