Ryan confident he can fly with Seagulls in the Premier League
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.”