Socceroos goalkeeper Mathew Ryan says he's learning what it tactically and physically takes to be a regular Premier League custodian.
Ryan played every game for Brighton & Hove Albion last season and has started all four games this term.
The 26-year-old arrived at Brighton in 2017 after two frustrating years in Spain with Valencia.
The ex-Central Coast goalkeeper told the club website he's learning both "tactically and physically" as he tries to become a regular Premier League custodian.
“I’m learning from having regular game time at the highest level," Ryan said.
"In Spain it’s probably at a similar level to here, but I didn’t play as much as I would’ve hoped.
“Coming here and playing every game last season has better equipped me for any future matches that come up.
“I’m trying to learn as I go. I’m learning both tactically and physically about what it takes to be a goalkeeper for Brighton.”
Ryan also pointed out that Brighton's mixed season so far, which has included a win over Manchester United but losses to Watford and Liverpool, was indicative of a side still learning what it takes at the top level too.
“We go into every game looking to get something and it’s not going to be any different in that respect next Monday," he said.
“We took a lot of positives from our performance against Liverpool, but it was a similar performance to United away last year, and we got nothing from either game.
“It’s those little moments in games where we can be good for 90 minutes, but if you switch off once then you might not get anything from it.”
Ryan will be back in action with the Seagulls when they face rivals Southampton on Tuesday morning in the Premier League.
💬 "It’s those little moments in games where we can be good for 90 minutes, but if you switch off once then you might not get anything from it.”— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) September 12, 2018
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