Ryan doesn't want to warm bench in Europe

November 21, 2012
By Liam FitzGibbon

In-demand Central Coast goalkeeper Mathew Ryan believes he's ready for a move overseas but is wary of giving up the A-League just to warm a bench.

The accolades continue to flow for the impressive 20-year-old shotstopper, whose remarkable rise has made him a reported target of several European clubs.

He claimed his second straight under-20 Australian footballer of the year award on Wednesday night, before receiving another Socceroos call-up on Thursday for next month's East Asian qualifiers.

After trialling with clubs including English Premier League side Tottenham earlier this year, Ryan continues to attract interest from abroad with the Mariners receiving a recent offer from Championship side Hull City.

Several other European clubs are believed to be interested in signing him in the January transfer window.

But while Ryan feels the time is right to make a move to a bigger club, he admits to concerns over how it could impact his playing time.

"It's safe to say I've made a name for myself by playing here at Central Coast at the moment and after going and experiencing the trials at top clubs with four `keepers there I was thinking to myself it'd be pretty boring not playing over there," Ryan said.

"So it's kind of opened my eyes a bit to the possibility I might not be a number one choice and I dare say I didn't like it too much.

"If an opportunity overseas came up where I could be number one (choice), that would be a perfect situation."

While England has been touted as a likely option for Ryan, he said at 184cm he could be more suited to other European leagues.

"A lot of people close to me reckon European countries like France and Spain, something like that where the goalkeepers aren't as tall," he said.

"Obviously I'm not a six-foot-three, six-foot-four giant.

"But I'm just looking at every possible option to find that right deal and I'm not ruling out England or anything like that but I'm open to a few options at the moment."

Despite increasing speculation over his future and the offers for his services, Ryan insists he remains focused on his football with the Mariners as they prepare to face fierce rivals Brisbane Roar on Sunday.

"It's flattering with the interest but I've always said and been told, concentrate on doing your job on the field and all the rest will look after itself," Ryan said.