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REID BACKS ALBION'S NEWEST AUSTRALIAN TO SHINE

26 June 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Paul Reid in action for the Seagulls.

Former Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Paul Reid believes the club’s new goalkeeper, Mathew Ryan, has all the attributes to succeed in the Premier League.

Australian Reid, who played for the Seagulls between 2004 and 2008, is confident that his fellow countryman will make a good impression after he signed a five-year deal from Valencia last week.

He said, “During my last year at Sydney FC, I played against Mathew when he was playing for Central Coast Mariners. That was in the A League and that was the only A League club that he played for.

“In terms of his strengths, his distribution is great and he’s very good with his feet. He’s a great shot-stopper and you can tell he’s really confident, even though he’s only 25.

“He’ll be a good signing for Brighton, but the big thing he’ll be tested on, and it’s the same for every goalkeeper in the Premier League, is the aerial aspect of the game.

“I’ve spoken to his goalkeeping coach at Central Coast and he mentioned Maty’s work ethic and how he wants to become a better goalkeeper.

“It’s going to be a real test for him in the Premier League - it’s another massive step up. But he’s got plenty of good attributes, so fingers crossed it all works out for him.”

Ryan is the first Australian player to sign for the club since Reid departed Withdean, and the midfielder, who made 99 appearances for the Seagulls, is pleased to see the Socceroos goalkeeper heading for Sussex.

“I’m part of the Seagulls Downunder supporters club, and when I speak to the organisers over here, they always ask ‘when’s the next Australian going to play for Brighton?’.

“Brighton are going to be better known now they’re in the Premier League, but there’s more supporters over here than you probably realise.

“I have a soft spot for Brighton and really take note of them. For another Australian to be playing there, I think that’s great and fingers crossed it works out for him and the club.”

Reid, who works as Sydney FC’s community football manager, keeps track of the English leagues and is confident that Albion will make a positive start to life in the top flight next season.

“It’s an interesting one, because considering how dominant Brighton and Newcastle were in the Championship, I can see both of them doing well and staying up.

“A lot of people were probably thinking Bournemouth would get relegated straight away, but they’ve survived for two seasons in a row and performed well.

“Middlesbrough came straight back down after being promoted, and it’s a big step from the Championship to the Premier League, but I can definitely see Brighton staying up next season.”


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