Caltex Socceroos goalkeeper Maty Ryan said moving to England and the Premier League was one of the best decisions of his career.
After leaving the Hyundai A-League in 2013, Ryan spent time with Club Brugge, Valencia and Genk.
But he left the Spanish outfit last year to sign with Brighton and Hove Albion and test himself in England’s top flight.
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And Ryan has really caught the eye in the Premier League, recently clocking up his 50th appearance for the Seagulls - many of which have been particularly impressive.
Reflecting on his decision to swap Spain for England, Ryan told Brighton’s official website he has thrived in the United Kingdom.
“Looking back, I don’t think I could have made a better decision at that time of my career,” he said.
“I’ve been loving and thriving off every second of it to be honest.
“When you come to a club in this league, with the facilities and history that it has, how can you not enjoy being a footballer in an environment like this?
“It’s an absolute pleasure to represent the club, area and fans in the Premier League.
“I’m loving every minute of it and trying to do my best to contribute towards more success for the club.”
Ryan and Brighton had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw with Leicester City on Sunday morning (AEDT).
The shot-stopper was beaten from the penalty spot with just 11 minutes remaining as a 10-man Leicester outfit came from behind to snatch a point at the AMEX Stadium.