Maty Ryan's back at Jan Breydel
Fit and eager thanks to Socceroos keepers' coach
The Jupiler Pro League's goalie of the past two seasons has returned to Bruges. Mathew Ryan enjoyed his three and a half week holiday thoroughly, and has already had his first training at Jan Breydel on Tuesday morning with Club's keepers' coach Jan Van Steenberghe. "I upheld my fitness with Tony Franken, the Socceroos' keepers' coach. Eager, fit and physically well prepared, that's how I wanted to start training here again”.
Depleted. That's how Mathew Ryan's batteries were after last season's final game against KV Kortrijk. And quite understandably so, as it had been a long and trying season, with an Asian Cup in January and a long and tiring trip to Austraalia to boot. As if that wasn't enough, Australia played its first WC qualifier on Tueday 16 June in Kirgizistan.
“Still no complaints as far as I am concerned", Ryan told us after his first (individual) training session. "It was the first time in my two years at Bruges that I enjoyed three and a half weeks of holiday. That's a luxury to mee. Ten days, that was all that was in it after last year's World Cup.”
Mathew's vacation in Australia was spent wisely. "Visiting my family was first on my list. I'm sure I didn't sleep in the same bed for more than two days on end; traveling from my parents' place to somehere else in Australia is not all that easy as it seems. It's a big country, and it takes time to get somewhere. So I decided to go for comfort and to sleep in with my hosts (laughs).”</p>
ATony Franken, the coach at the Socceroos keepers, who offered hs help to keep me fit." Jan Van Steenberghe admitted that Maty had done a fine job. "Mat's not the type to return to the job a tourist. As expected, he's a thorough professional, and he had no trouble picking up where he left with the group.”</p>
Mathew Ryan is still hungry for success to say the least. "It's with lots of drive that I returned to Belgium. I'm very eager to start training again, and even more so to start playing games. Thé challenge is to be even more focused. I want to fill my prize cabinet. On Thursday, a new chance awaits in Gent. The Supercup, that's a prize, right? I read somewhere that our coach sees this game as one of the games in the run-up to the new season. I can see where he's coming from, but as soon as I man the pitch, I have only one goal: to win that game. Club will also get a first chance to take revenge for the narrow defeat in the championship race. The foul aftertaste after last season's defeat is still following me.”</p>