Brighton seal club-record Ryan signing


Caltex Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan will play in the English Premier League next season after completing a move to newly-promoted club Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Seagulls have not disclosed the fee they paid for the 25-year-old stopper, however their previous record signing is the £4.46m (AU$7.49m) they paid for Irish centre back Shane Duffy from Blackburn.

Ryan's move is subject to an worldwide clearance, but that will be a mere formality, and he joins Brighton on a five-year deal for a disclosed record transfer fee.

Ryan joins the club from La Liga outfit Valencia where he signed in 2015, though he spent the latter part of last season on loan at Belgian club Genk.

The arrival of Ryan, who has 32 worldwide caps to his name, comes after first-choice 'keeper David Stockdale turned down a new deal, with a move to Birmingham City in the offing. "We're very much looking forward to working with him for the season ahead", Hughton told Brighton's club site.

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"Ryan won the Belgian Cup during his time with the club and was chosen as the Belgian Pro League Goalkeeper of the Year in both 2014 and 2015".

Ryan moved to Club Bruges in Belgium in 2013, making more than 100 appearances.

"Albion's new signing made his worldwide debut for Australia in 2012 and played all three matches in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, before winning the AFC Asian Cup with the Socceroos in 2015".

Ryan leaves Valencia having made 21 appearances over a two-year period in all competitions, while he featured 22 times for Genk during the second half of this season.