On-loan Norwich City keeper Remi Matthews getting used to life at Plymouth
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Norwich City goalkeeper Remi Matthews says he is happy to put his name “in the shop window” after his loan move to League One Plymouth Argyle.
The 23-year-old – who made his debut in the midweek win at Wimbledon – spent last season with Hamilton in the Scottish Premier League but has had a watching brief at Carrow Road, so jumped at the chance of a short-term move to the south-west club, who have lost three goalkeepers to injury.
“It’s just one where I want to come and play as many games as I can,” he told the Plymouth Herald. “Obviously being at Norwich this season was a bit of a frustrating time because I was in and around it, but I wasn’t in the squad for match days.
“To go from playing week-in week-out last year to not playing any games is tough.
“Saturday was my first 90 minutes of the season so it was just nice to get that under my belt and get some more games.
“When I got the call, whoever it was I would have gone anyway. Purely to play a few games and get my name back out in the shop window and we’ll see what happens in January.”
Matthews has spent the week getting to know his new team-mates – he had just one training session with them before the Wimbledon win – only Argyle’s second of a difficult season.
At City he trains alongside Angus Gunn, Michael McGovern and Paul Jones, but Plymouth keepers Luke McCormick, Robbert te Loeke and Kyle Letheren are all on the long-term injury list so it is just Matthews and youngster Michael Cooper.
“We did have a couple of the younger lads on Tuesday when Michael was playing in the Central League,” said Matthews, ahead of today’s visit of Rochdale. “It’s been mostly me and Coops for most of the days but with a couple of the younger lads it’s been ideal for them.
“It is what it is. You want to just train and get yourself ready for Saturday’s game. Of course it’s different because obviously I’m probably the younger one looking up to the more experienced ones, whereas here I’m guessing at the minute I’m probably the only one – I’m looking up to myself!”