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23 November 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan back on the training field.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan highlighted the focus around creating a healthy team-orientated environment, and believes that sense of togetherness helps in achieving success across the entire football club.

Ryan returned from international duty to join up with his Albion team-mates ahead of Saturday’s game against Leicester City, and the Australian touched upon the feel-good factor on the south coast.

He said, “It’s a club that has a no-ego policy. It’s never been a club that’s wanted to rely on individual talent to get over the line in terms of being successful, it’s always been a collective environment.

“There’s a very strenuous process across the board, whether that’s signing players or getting personnel for any other department, that you have to fit the bill of being a nice, down-to-earth, genuine person.

“You have to be respectful towards fellow colleagues and it’s the exact same in the changing room. There’s no big personalities, it’s just one big happy family.

“That translates away from the football pitch as well, when we go out and have a good time together. It’s all about finding that balance and that’s very important in building a successful team.”

The 26-year-old has played 50 consecutive Premier League matches for the Seagulls, but faces a spell outside of Chris Hughton’s team when the Asia Cup gets underway in January.

Ryan admitted his disappointment towards ending his consecutive run of matches for Albion, but weighed up the exciting prospect of challenging for another international trophy with the Socceroos.

“I love representing my country — there’s no better feeling. But at the same time, I love contributing towards the club that I’m representing as well.

“In an ideal world, the tournament would be played once the Premier League season is finished, but due to climate reasons it wouldn’t be possible playing the Asia Cup in June or July in the middle-eastern countries.

“It is what it is and unfortunately it’s going to result in missing some games for Brighton, which on one hand I’m very disappointed about, but on the other hand I get to represent my country again.

“It’s another prestigious tournament that only comes around every four years. Obviously I’m looking forward to that aspect of it, but I haven’t thought too much about it if I’m honest.

“My focus is on this weekend and I’ll be doing my best to contribute to the club until those dates come up where I have to go away. I have mixed emotions but it is what it is unfortunately.”

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