Norwich City transfer rumours: Canaries keen for Matthews to continue Plymouth loan

PUBLISHED: 10:03 20 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:19 20 December 2017

Remi Matthews made seven loan appearances for Plymouth earlier this season. Photo: Dave Rowntree/PPAUK

Remi Matthews made seven loan appearances for Plymouth earlier this season. Photo: Dave Rowntree/PPAUK

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Plymouth Argyle are confident of taking Norwich City goalkeeper Remi Matthews back to Home Park on loan in January.

The 23-year-old enjoyed a positive spell with the Pilgrims earlier this season, helping the League One side as emergency cover due to a ridiculous injury situation.

Matthews looks well set to contest the number one shirt at Norwich next season and the Plymouth Herald report that the Canaries are keen for the Gorleston-born keeper to continue getting experience during the current campaign.

The Devon newspaper also reports that Argyle face competition from two other League One clubs for Matthews’ signature – but that Plymouth are in pole position.

The City academy product is one of seven keepers to have played for Derek Adams’ team this season, with Kelle Roos from Derby the latest to fill in after Matthews injured an ankle in a 1-0 defeat at Portsmouth in late November.

That saw the Canaries keeper return to Norfolk for treatment but he looks likely to have the chance to add to his seven appearances for the Pilgrims in the new year, when he conceded just six goals and kept four clean sheets.

Those appearances took Matthews’ overall career tally to 49 games but none of those have been for his parent club.

League One spells with Burton Albion and Doncaster Rovers kick-started his professional experience in 2015-16, before a full campaign with Scottish Premiership side Hamilton last season.

Punctured by three months out with a shoulder injury, the tall keeper made 27 appearances for Accies, conceding 37 goals and keeping eight clean sheets – two of which came in both legs of Hamilton’s relegation play-off escape, beating Dundee United 1-0 on aggregate.

That was enough to prompt City to sign Matthews up to a new contract in October, extending his deal until 2019, with the club holding the option of a further 12 months, having featured as an unused substitute twice in the EFL Cup earlier this season.

With hopes of keeping Manchester City loanee Angus Gunn very slim unless Daniel Farke’s team can somehow salvage an unlikely promotion, the other options available to the Canaries are Northern Ireland number one Michael McGovern, who still has 18 months on his contract, and former Portsmouth keeper Paul Jones, whose deal expires in June.

All of which means, earning more experience at Plymouth could just tee up Matthews for a Championship chance next season.

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