Ryan surprised by Valencia fans' excitement

Mathew Ryan is aiming to prove to the Valencia coaching staff and supporters he's ready to become the club's new number one ahead of a friendly against Roma on Saturday.

The Socceroos goalkeeper made the move to Los Che from Club Brugge last month and is well placed to start the 2015-16 Liga campaign between the sticks in the absence of injured Brazilian shot-stopper Diego Alves.

The next test for the former Central Coast Mariner is a meeting with Serie A side Roma this weekend, before the Primera Division season opener away to Rayo Vallecano on August 22. 

"I can't wait for Saturday and the start of the season," he said.

"I hope that I can convince everyone here that I'm the right man for the job and I'm the right man to help the team win games."

Ryan, along fellow newcomers Santiago Mina, Danilo Barbosa and Zakaria Bakkali, was taken aback by the warm reception he received upon their collective presentation to more than 7,000 fans at Estadio Mestalla. 

"I knew it was going to be big but it's been surprising how big it's been," he said.

"To see the excitement and the passion from the fans, it's really exciting."

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