Lee Bowyer has expressed his surprise that Adam Matthews was a free agent – with the Charlton Athletic chief making him the 15th signing of the summer.
The 27-year-old had been released by Sunderland at the end of last season.
Matthews agreed a 12-month deal with the Addicks last week.
“I can’t believe it [that he was still available],” said Bowyer. “He is only 27 and has still got so much more to offer.
“I’m sure working with Jacko [Johnnie Jackson] that he is going to get better, for sure. I couldn’t believe our luck he was on a free.
“He is another good signing. He is a Welsh international and is going to bring us something different. He is definitely going to give us more going forward – his end product is very, very good.
“He has experience at club level and internationally. For me it is a no brainer. He came in and impressed us straight away.
“We have got to get him fit but there are still 40-odd games to go. Adam is definitely going to be important, sooner rather than later.
“He is playing in the U23s [yesterday] to get some minutes into him. He played in a behind-closed-doors game the other week and impressed in that as well.