Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan says that he’s relishing every moment at his time with the Seagulls since arriving on this day two years ago.
The Australian made the switch to the south coast in the summer of 2017 ahead of the club’s first ever Premier League campaign, and he reflected buoyantly on the time he’s spent with Albion so far.
He said, “I probably couldn’t have wished for it to go any better from a personal perspective, apart from perhaps a higher finish from the team in the table last season.
“I’ve been really proud of my contribution to the club so far and I’m really thankful for everyone around the club for giving me the opportunities that they have so far.
“I’ve loved every minute – the fans are brilliant and everyone round the backroom staff have been too. Everyone I’ve met thus far have been great and it’s an absolute honour and privilege to represent the great area down in Sussex.”
Ryan was ever-present during his debut season in England, playing every minute of all 38 top-flight matches – he then only missed four league matches last term because of his involvement with Australia in the Asia Cup.
When asked to pick a stand-out moment of his time with the Seagulls, he singled out two big scalps during the 2017/18 season, as well as stressing his pleasure at playing his part in the success of the team as a whole.
“There’s been a lot of highs so far – whenever you beat a big team you get a buzz, the bigger the challenge the better the reward is what I always think,” he continued.
“It’s always a special feeling to overcome a big club in this league. The moments when we beat the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal at the Amex Stadium in my first campaign were obviously great.
“For me the collective successful moments for the team are the ones which stand out the most – I just love contributing to the success of the team – I want to try to keep helping towards create as many of those as possible.”