MANAGER Andrew Thomas has further strengthened his squad by bringing in Tom Matthews on a season-long loan from The New Saints.

The 18-year-old Norwich-born defender was a youth with his hometown club before joining Queens Park Rangers as a scholar in 2014.

Matthews went on to captain the Under-18s at Loftus Road before playing for the Under-21s and was rated by the Guardian newspaper in October 2014 as one of the 20 most promising scholars at Premier League clubs.

After his release from the London outfit he signed for The New Saints in May 2016 but has yet to appear in the Welsh Premier League.