Who is Adam Matthews? 10 things about Celtic star on verge of Sunderland move

Wales international Adam Matthews
Wales international Adam Matthews
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Sunderland are reported to be on the verge of signing Celtic defender Adam Matthews for £2million. But just who is he?

We take a look at what Black Cats fans can expect should the full-back move to Wearside.

Adam Matthews

Adam Matthews

1. Matthews is a Welsh international, having gained 12 caps for his country.

2. He was a talented rugby union player as a youngster, and was scouted by Ospreys before settling on football as a career.

3. As a kid, he had a trial at Swansea City but broke his arm. He was told to return when it healed but when he did, he was told their youth system was now full.

4. He instead joined Cardiff City, signing for their academy aged just eight.

5. Matthews played for the Cardif first team for the first time as a 15-year-old in a friendly against Haverfordwest County.

6. He made his full debut as a substitute against Charlton on April 21, 2009, aged 17.

7. He was named Football League Apprentice of the Year for the Championship in 2010.

8. Celtic swooped to sign Matthews on a free transfer in 2011 after his contract expired at Cardiff.

9. Matthews was invited to participate for Great Britain in the 2012 Olympics but didn’t make Stuart Pearce’s final squad.

10. As a youngster, he was a Liverpool fan while Arsenal and Manchester United have all shown an interest in signing the attack-minded right-back in the past.