Brighton Break Transfer Record For Ryan

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Brighton prepared for the new season by signing Valencia goalkeeper, Mathew Ryan. The club announced the deal, proclaiming it to be their record fee paid for a player.

Curiously, they omitted the minor detail of the fee paid for the Australian international, who will join on 1st July, subject to international clearance. The Seagulls previous record was just £7.5m but the figure of £15m is being floated in some sections of the media..

Ryan made his name with A-League side Central Coast Mariners, making 94 appearances before moving to Belgian club, FC Bruges in 2013. While there, his performances brought him to the attention of Liverpool

A move to Valencia two years later didn’t work out as planned. He was unable to lay claim to the #1 spot, becoming the cup goalkeeper instead. It brought him Europa League experience but left him needing first team football.

He spent the second half of last season back in Belgium with Genk. It was there he came to the attention of Brighton and despite having four years left on his contract with the Spanish club.

The 25-year-old is first-choice for the Australian national team, with 32 caps for the Socceroos to his name.

With David Stockdale joining Birmingham City, it brings experience to the Brighton squad, ahead of the coming campaign.