Ryan on life under lockdown in Australia

Maty Ryan is taking advantage of ‘being in the same time zone’ as he spends time back in Australia during the coronavirus crisis and using suitcases instead of dumb-bells as part of his fitness regime.

By Bruce Talbot • 14 April 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan.

The Albion goalkeeper is in the second week of a two-week period of self-isolation in Sydney since arriving back in Australia last weekend.

With the players now off until the end of April, head coach Graham Potter and director of football Dan Ashworth told players in the squad from overseas that they could return home.

As soon as he arrived, Ryan was quarantined in a Sydney hotel but should be allowed out this weekend to catch up with family and friends.

He said, “I’m trying to be productive, stay positive and get into a routine.

“I get up in the morning, have breakfast then workout. After that I chat to friends, then lunch, chill in the afternoon and maybe watch a TV series. Then it’s another workout, dinner and taking advantage of being on same time zone to speak to friends and family.

“There isn’t too much space so improvisation and creativity are important. Some of the national team guys picked up training gear for me and brought it to the hotel so I’ve got an exercise ball and some bands. I’ve been improvising with some suitcases as weights.

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan.

“I’ll go and spend time with family at the end of this week. With football being off in England until the end of May at the earliest it was a no brainier to come back home and be close to them. I live alone in England so I was just sitting around wondering what was going to happen. With so many unknowns at the moment I thought it was a safe decision.”

The players are due to report back at the beginning of May.

“I’d have to get government permission to leave once the time is right to return to the UK,” explained Ryan. “I’ve been told I’d be able to get on a plane if needs be. It depends if the airlines are flying but I don’t think it’ll be an issue. We will then have a few weeks’ notice before the season hopefully gets up and running again.”

Ryan is not surprised that Albion are leading the way in supporting the local community and their own staff during the current crisis.

“The club has always shown empathy and support. Even with myself when I raised money for the Australian bush fires in January, our chairman Tony Bloom matched the donation that Aaron Mooy and I made. Those acts of solidarity are what gives Brighton the reputation of being an outstanding Premier League club. It’s a great environment to be in.”