Ryan eyes Champions League opportunity

Melbourne Victory’s on-loan Olyroo Dylan Ryan is confident of offering a range of defensive skills, ahead of the AFC Champions League restart and upcoming 2020/21 A-League season.

Ryan completed a temporary move from Dutch side Willem II last week, as Grant Brebner continues to strengthen and prepare the Victory squad for the new campaign.

Joining Victory

“Victory is a massive team in Australia,” said Ryan. “I’m looking forward to Brebs’ ideas and the plan for this season – to get back to the top of the table.”

“I spoke to Brebs about the roles I will be playing in the team and I am really excited for it.”

The 20-year-old is humbled by the prospect of playing against some of the biggest clubs in Asia and hopes to make an impact when he joins his new teammates in Doha.

“Going to play on the biggest stage in Asia is a massive thing for any footballer,” said Ryan. “To be given that opportunity to go and play is massive.”

Skills

Before signing for Willem II, Ryan played within the youth ranks at Liverpool where he fostered the art of defending.

“I think I will bring composure at the back – bringing the ball out and controlling the tempo of the game,” he said.

“I’m very good in my aerial duels and I think I will win a lot of challenges there. As well as switching the play, overall leadership and good defending.”

Teammates

Ryan’s new challenge in Melbourne will see him link up with some former teammates, which he believes will make the transition easier.

“I trained and played with Jake Brimmer while at Liverpool,” said Ryan. “I’m also close mates with Ben Folami, who has also just joined the club on loan.”

“It is going to be good to see some familiar faces. It will make the experience a lot easier to come in and start playing football.”

He continued: “We have some quality players in the squad and I am sure we will do well this season.”

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