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RYAN'S APPRECIATION FOR VALENCIA SPELL

19 June 2017

Reuters
Mathew Ryan in action for Valencia.

New Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Mathew Ryan expressed his thankfulness towards his former club Valencia, as he came up against some of La Liga’s best teams during his time in Spain.

The 25-year-old moved to the Mestalla Stadium in 2015 from Club Brugge, and Ryan showed his appreciation for having the opportunity to play in one of the biggest league’s in the world - before joining the Seagulls in the Premier League.

He said, “I’m thankful to them for the opportunity to be at one of the biggest clubs in the world and to see how it operates on a day-to-day basis.

“It gave me an opportunity to play against some of the best teams and players in the world. I only have positive things to say about the club.

“There’s no shying away from the fact that I probably would have preferred a little bit more game time but that’s the way it goes.

“I learned a lot of things from the experiences there. It’s onwards and upwards from here and I’m just focusing on the future.”

The Australian has been aware of Albion’s progress in recent seasons, and he revealed the positive feeling he developed towards the club during the negotiation phase for the goalkeeper’s signature.

“They’ve been there or thereabouts in previous seasons and finally achieved the qualification into the Premier League this year.
 
“Just look at the players and the teams that play in the Premier League and it’s pretty easy to give an answer on why you choose to move there.

“From the moment that there was interest, I felt the love at the club and the real want to get me there. Every day the interest got stronger and the deal seemed to get sweeter by the minute.”

Ryan arrives at the club following David Stockdale’s departure for Birmingham City, and Albion’s new arrival is looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead.

“I heard that he [Stockdale] had a great season. Credit to him, he’s been around England for a long time and he’s a very established goalkeeper.

“It’s a nice challenge for me to improve on what he did at the club and I wouldn’t be coming if I didn’t have a bit of self-confidence to do well.

“Hopefully, throughout the matches, I can contribute. A good goalkeeper is needed in a team to take some points here and there. I’m just looking forward to the challenge.”