Brighton sign goalkeeper Mathew Ryan for a club record fee

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Premier League’s new club Brighton and Hove Albion have signed Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan from Valencia CF on a five-year deal for a club-record undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old replaces David Stockdale who recently departed for Birmingham City.

Born in Sydney, Ryan made his senior debut with local club Blacktown City. The following season, Ryan joined Central Coast Mariners where he won both the A-League Premiership and the A-League Championship in his three season with the club.

Ryan’s first step in Europe came with Belgian side Club Brugge with whom he won the Belgian Pro League in 2015 and was chosen as the League’s Goalkeeper of the Year for both his seasons with the Blauw-Zwarts. Valencia then came calling and he duly signed a contract in 2015. He only made limited appearances for the club and was loaned out to KRC Genk during the Juanuary transfer window last season.

Speaking about the signing, Albion manager Chris Hughton said:

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to attract Mathew to the club, and he will certainly be an excellent addition to the squad in time for our first season in the Premier League.”

“For somebody of Mathew’s age, he has very good experience, having played in the top divisions in Australia, Belgium and Spain.”

Ryan won the AFC Asian Cup with the Australian national team in 2015 and is currently with the squad on their Confederations Cup tour to Russia.

In an interview with the Seagulls TV, the club’s official channel, Ryan said:

“I’m over the moon to have it all sorted, there are some really exciting times coming up”
“It’s still very fresh news that I’ll be going over there and a little surreal. Going there to the play in the Premier League is a very exciting challenge.”