The career trajectory of goalkeeper Mathew Ryan has continued to rocket skywards, with the Australia international set to join Valencia, pending a medical.
Ryan, 23, left the Central Coast Mariners for Club Brugge in 2013 after winning the A-League title in Gosford.
He has enjoyed two hugely impressive seasons in the Belgian Pro-League, winning individual accolades, the Belgian Cup and the Asian Cup with the Socceroos.
The next challenge for the shot-stopper will be to dislodge Brazilian international Diego Alves, the incumbent number one at La Liga outfit Valencia.
"If I pass my medical tests, I will indeed leave Club Brugge," Ryan said in a statement on the Belgian side's website, confirming his impending departure to Spain.
"It was a pleasure to work at such a warm, family club. The club did everything to make me keep an extra year, which made the choice even harder. I had a great time here in Bruges. But I feel that it is time to take this step."
Ryan had signed a new contract as recently as November, with Valencia – who finished fourth in La Liga last season to qualify for the UEFA Champions League – reportedly paying five million pounds to secure his services.
"Last year I had some nice offers, but this time I just could not refuse," he said.
"I am grateful for the opportunities Club Brugge gave me, as a young player, I could not imagine a better place to grow.
"I have every confidence in the future of 'black and blue', I keep track already from the first row as a supporter. Finally, a big thank you to the best fans in Belgium."
Ryan leaves behind former Central Coast team-mate Bernie Ibini, who joined Club Brugge last month only to fracture his shin on the first day of pre-season training.
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