Remi Matthews Holding Out for Contract Offers

  • June 17, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Remi Matthews believes the COVID-19 pandemic will put free agents such as himself in a strong position when clubs resume contract talks with players.

Matthews made 38 appearances for Bolton before the season was suspended back in March and ultimately brought to a close this past week, and with his deal at the University of Bolton Stadium due to expire on June 30 may have played his last game for the club.

The 26-year-old admits to being unsure at what the future holds at Wanderers but says he has to be realistic and leave the door open to offers from elsewhere, with the Trotters' current ownership and management structure in a state of transition and uncertainty.

"It is scary times for players like me who are coming to the end of their contracts," Matthews told BBC Sport.

"It is the first time in my career that I am potentially going to be a free agent and, given what is going on, it has probably happened to me at the worst possible time.

"But I hope being a free agent is going to be a positive. Clubs generally are not able to spend £2m or £3m on a player so, overall, I would probably say that I am in a strong position.

"Performance-wise, I have done OK in what has been a negative season, so I think I will be alright but it will be a case of waiting to see what is on the table.

"We will see what Bolton say in the next couple of weeks contract-wise, but with us being told we are relegated to League Two now, they are going to have to cut their budget.

"I have had bits of interest from elsewhere but, as every player knows, until you get something concrete, then it can mean nothing.

"At the minute, it is just about being patient and hopefully things will come up."

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