Ryan con­fi­dent he can fly with Seag­ulls in the Premier League

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - IN SOCHI

WHEN Mat Ryan swaps the Costa del Aza­har for the Bri­tish sea­side town of Brighton next month, he will leave Va­len­cia with re­gret but no re­crim­i­na­tions.

The Soc­ceroos goal­keeper, in Rus­sia on Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup duty, has fi­nalised a $9.5 mil­lion move to Premier League new­com­ers Brighton and Hove Al­bion.

Af­ter mov­ing to La Liga in 2015 on a six-year deal, Ryan had a promis­ing start at Valen- cia be­fore a knee in­jury and a dizzy­ing carousel of man­age­rial changes led to him fall­ing down the peck­ing or­der be­hind Diego Alves and Jaume Domenech.

With a World Cup loom­ing at the end of next sea­son, Ryan was forced to seek a move to gain more play­ing time and will now be a first pick at a club play­ing in one of the big four Euro­pean leagues.

“I look back on my time (at Va­len­cia) and can only think of it in a pos­i­tive way,” Ryan said in Sochi, where the na­tional team is pre­par­ing to open its Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup cam­paign against Ger­many to­mor­row. “No doubt I would have pre­ferred more game time. But I’m a be­liever that ev­ery­thing hap­pens for a rea­son and the ex­pe­ri­ences I went through, the things that I learnt … taught me not to take things for granted when you are healthy and you are fit.

“I’m happy to have the op­por­tu­nity to go over and be at a club that’s com­pet­ing in the Premier League. As a foot­baller you want to be test­ing your­self at the high­est level and I’ll get that with Brighton.”

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