Pirates chief wants Matthews stay
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former Leeds United hit-man crossed the Bristol divide from City to Rovers for a month's loan spell earlier this month.
Matthews, who spent time on loan at Division Three side Darlington earlier this season, has made a positive impression since joining The Pirates.
With his current loan to expire on February 14, Dunford will look to keep the forward until the season's end or sign him permanently.
"Lee is a good player who has already made a big impression here, and I think he's only going to get better as he gets more matches and his fitness improves," Dunford told the club's official website.
"We would like to keep him here until the end of the season or even permanently, although a lot will depend on the managerial situation and the finances of the club.
"City have a lot of players and a fairly settled first team so it's hard for anyone else to get a look in there at the moment, and I think the lure of first-team football will be a major factor for Lee.
"He's managed to establish a good relationship with our supporters and also maintained his ties with City fans as well.
"It was a potentially difficult situation for any player to deal with, but he's done so very professionally and that's a credit to him."
It remains to be seen if Robins boss Danny Wilson will want to let Matthews move on, despite the player not figuring in his current first-team plans at Ashton Gate.