Ryan has unfinished business at Brugge

Mat Ryan admits he has a desire to play at the next level but says he’s happy at Club Brugge for now, even if they miss out on UEFA Champions League football.

Ryan, 23, was voted the Belgian Pro League Goalkeeper of the Year for the second season running on Wednesday night for another strong campaign at Brugge.


The Socceroos shot-stopper has been linked with English giants Liverpool previously and told Het Nieuwsblad he feels he’s ready for the next step.

“I have plenty of respect for Belgium, but still often I feel that I could do better.”

He added: "In the last year I’ve played against Spain, Germany, Chile, the Netherlands and the Red Devils (Belgium),” Ryan said.

“I hope one day to play at that level regularly, but whether it is now or in five years, I don’t know.

“You may hope you to go to your dream club, but there is a difference between saying that and seeing it happen.”

The former Central Coast man lifted the Belgian Cup with Brugge this season, but looks likely to miss out on the league title which eluded the club last term, his first at the club, too.

Brugge missed the chance to go top on the weekend and dropped to third after a 3-2 home loss to leaders Gent.

It was the club’s third consecutive loss and subsequently Brugge are third, five points behind Gent with two games to play.

They are also a point behind Anderlecht, in the second Champions League qualifying spot.

Ryan was a star during Brugge’s run to the Europa League quarter-finals, but has never played in the Champions League.

“Even without Champions League football, I can see myself playing at Club Brugge,” Ryan said.

“But even if we do have Champions League games, it’s possible I could leave too.

“So in short, at this stage, I do not know.

“And there’s more for me to win in Belgium. I'm still not a (Belgian Pro League) champion."

Ryan’s Brugge take on Charleroi on Friday morning (Australian time), before their final league fixture against Kortrijk on Sunday evening.