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22 July 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Maty Ryan

New Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan says that the chance of achieving success at the highest level convinced him to move to the club.
The Australian international has played in the top flight in both Belgium and Spain, and explained it was an easy decision to join the Seagulls.
He said, “I never really had a goal in terms of which league to play in, I always wanted to play at the highest level and test myself against the best teams and players.
“I had a taste of that at the World Cup, the Confederations Cup and playing in Spain and Belgium too. I would’ve liked to have gained more of that experience in Spain, but it wasn’t to be.
“I always had the attitude of wanting to contribute to the team and enjoying the success. For me, that’s where you create the best memories, memories you’re going to remember and tell your grandkids one day.
“I felt like I had a bigger chance to do that at Brighton than Valencia and I’m very happy to be here. It’s all ahead of me now and I want to prepare myself to help the team.
“Fingers crossed we can go out there and do what we need to do to become a mainstay in the Premier League.”
Ryan says that he’s slotted in seamlessly to his new surroundings and is enjoying the atmosphere both at the club and in Brighton and Hove as a whole.
“Everyone has been so kind since I arrived and gone out of their way to make sure myself and the new players are settling in well.
“The boys have been very friendly and respectful as well, and you feel a real excitement and buzz around the club at the moment. It’s very exciting to be here.
“I had a stroll in the street and there seems to be a good buzz around the place, everyone is out enjoying themselves and having a good time. One of things I heard about Brighton when they were first interested in me, was that it was the best place to live in England.
“So far it’s not been too bad and there’s only been one day with typical English weather with a bit of rain and mist, but apart from that there’s been plenty of sunshine. I am feeling really settled and happy to be here.”

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