‘I can’t wait’: Socceroos goalkeeper Ryan signs with La Liga outfit

Real Sociedad have signed Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan from English Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion on a two-year deal, the La Liga club said.

After four years at Brighton, 29-year-old Ryan returns to Spanish football, having had a three-year stint at Valencia from 2015-17.

Ryan’s deal includes an option for a one-year extension, Real Sociedad said.

“I will work hard and I can’t wait to get started playing for the team,” Ryan, capped 61 times for Australia, said in a media release.

Ryan had one season remaining on his contract with Brighton.

He was loaned to Arsenal midway through last season after losing his spot to Brighton keeper Robert Sanchez.

Mart Ryan on debut for Arsenal earlier this year.Credit:Getty Images

A veteran of two World Cups, Ryan helped Australia notch an eighth successive victory in Asian qualifying for the 2022 tournament in Qatar with a clean sheet in the 1-0 win over Jordan last month.


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