It was announced on Tuesday morning that Sunderland defender Adam Matthews – a reported target for Championship trio Sheffield Wednesday, QPR and Barnsley – will be leaving the League One side upon the expiration of his contract at the end of this month.

We reported here on The72 that Sunderland full-back Adam Matthews was on the radar of Sheffield Wednesday, Queens Park Rangers and newly promoted Barnsley this summer. Now, it has been confirmed that the Welshman will be available on a free transfer this summer, after being released from Sunderland at the end of his contract.

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The Championship trio will be looking to make their move for Matthews before interest grows further. It has been said that the full-back is keen to play in the Championship again after a season in League One with the Black Cats.

Matthews has played 28 games in all competitions under Jack Ross this season, scoring one goal and providing five assists along the way. He comes with plenty of Championship experience, having played in the second tier for Sunderland, Cardiff City and Bristol City, amassing a total of 95 appearances along the way.

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The Wales international has made the majority of his career appearances for Scottish Premiership side Celtic. Matthews came through the academy at Celtic Park and went on to play 150 times for the club, scoring five and notching up 22 assists along the way. Matthews has also represented Wales at senior level 14 times since making his debut in 2011.

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