Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Maty Ryan has been a mainstay in Chris Hughton’s side since joining the Seagulls from Valencia in 2017, but have you ever wondered how the Australian prepares for 90 minutes of action?
Ryan’s switch to England meant relocating to a fourth country, but the 26-year-old frequently reminds himself of where it all began, as he makes a call home ahead of every match in the Premier League.
He said, “On a matchday, I wake up and have some breakfast, then actually go for a little run down by the beach. It’s not quite an Australian beach, but it’s a beach nonetheless!
“I just like to wake the body up and get a little bit of movement in the legs and arms. I get home and then use a foam roller to loosen the body up further.
“I also call my mum back in Australia to speak with her before the games. We catch up and she sends me her wishes and makes it clear she’s very proud of what I’m doing.
“After that quick chat, I’m then in the car and on my way to the stadium. We have our pre-match meal three-and-a-half hours before the game, we eat that and then relax together.
“Shortly before the warm-up I watch a few clips back and try to give myself a little more knowledge of what we’re going to face that day. The warm-up quickly comes around and then we’re ready for the start of the match!”
But once the action is over, it’s then time for Ryan to relax, and the shot-stopper highlighted his interest for American Sports and his NFL namesake that inspires his choice of team to follow.
“I’m a general sports fan — I’m on that Lebron James bandwagon, but don't actually have a team in the NBA. I just like watching good players play.
“I’d probably say Baseball is the one American sport that I watch the least. I’ve been over to America but haven't attended a game yet.
“I went to the Philadelphia Eagles v Jacksonville Jaguars game at Wembley Stadium and that was another first for me. It was good to take in the atmosphere.
“I’m also aware of the Atlanta Falcons having a quarterback named Matt Ryan, so they’ve got my support for that reason.
“I do like to come home from a game at the weekend, and if there’s a live game on Sky Sports, it’s nice to tune in and watch.”