Ryan's role in Mooy's Seagulls success

Aaron Mooy says the advice he received from Socceroos teammate Mat Ryan has proved true after securing a permanent switch to Brighton & Hove Albion.

The south coast English Premier League club announced on Friday that Mooy had been signed to a three-and-a-half year deal after impressing on loan from Huddersfield Town this season.

The 29-year-old has put in some impressive performances for the Seagulls during the campaign, including a man-of-the-match turn against Arsenal in December.

He revealed to the official Brighton & Hove Albion website that the insight into the club’s set-up from goalkeeper Ryan had been the spark that ignited his enthusiasm to join the Seagulls.

“You never know what to expect in football, but I spoke to Maty Ryan a few times before I joined, and he told me good things,” Mooy explained.

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“We have always been good friends and he was right with what he told me. I’m enjoying the training ground, the stadium, the fans, the city and everything else.

“It’s been great and hopefully I can keep enjoying it. At the moment the fans seem to like me too, so that’s nice.”

Despite his impressive start to life as a member of the team – who currently sit 15th in the Premier League standings – Mooy said he feels there is yet more to come.

“I feel like I’ve progressed, but of course you can always improve and do more,” he said.

“It’s about playing well consistently, but I am quite happy because you never know what can happen when you move clubs.

“You have a new manager, teammates and a new environment to adapt to, but it’s been really good. I like the way we play and it’s enjoyable to be a part of.”