Socceroo Mat Ryan still Belgium's best
Ryan was voted as the Jupiler League’s best by his peers at Belgium’s Professional Footballers awards for his exploits with high-flying Club Brugge.
— Club Brugge KV (@ClubBrugge) May 20, 2015
It caps another stunning season for the ex-Central Coast Mariners gloveman, which included a Belgian Cup triumph in March, as well as his Asian Cup success with the Socceroos.
"I hold very proud of what until now has been realized," Ryan told the Club Brugge website.
"If so many fellow footballers recognize my performance, I can only be very proud to get such appreciation.
“For me it is a very important signal to continue down the same path."
Just wanted to thank everyone for their kind words and their support in receiving this award. Now on to Charleroi pic.twitter.com/J5m6KP4UzW
— Maty Ryan (@MatyRyan) May 20, 2015
Ryan, who has made 35 appearances for Brugge this season and kept nine clean-sheets, won the award from AA Gent’s Matz Sels and Silvio Proto of Anderlecht.
His consistent form has reportedly drawn interest from a number of big clubs in Europe, with English giants Liverpool reportedly keeping tabs on the 23-year-old.
While eager to move to a big club in the future, Ryan says he loves developing his game at Brugge.
"Club Brugge in a very short time has become my second home," Ryan said.
"I love this club and city. Every practice session holds a great challenge for me to be even better.
“Yes, I am a perfectionist and a winner in the true sense of the word. It's my motivation to give the best of myself to my employer."
This achievement is the latest in a string of awards for Ryan, who took out a goalkeeper of the year and two young player of the year awards during his time in the Hyundai A-League.
Brugge are currently in third place in the Jupiler League, five points off top spot with two matches to go.
Club Brugge’s season ends this weekend but Ryan’s campaign isn’t over, with the Socceroos to begin their quest for the World Cup in Russia in 2018 against Kyrgyzstan next month.