Mat Ryan says his move to Premier League new boys Brighton grew more and more exciting as the likelihood of a transfer gained traction.
The 25-year-old signed for the Seagulls for a club record undisclosed fee on a five-year contract and is set to become the new No.1 under Chris Hughton.
Former Gulls goalkeeper David Stockdale opted not to renew his contract at the Amex, opening the door for Ryan to step in between the posts.
Having spent the second half of the 2016-17 season on loan in Belgium with Racing Genk, often third-choice Ryan quit parent club Valencia.
“I’m over the moon to be honest to have it all sorted, (there’s) really exciting times coming up,” Ryan explained.
“I think it’s something that will settle in more so when I’m over there and I’ve got games under my belt and start contributing to the team.
“It’s still very fresh news that I’ll be going over there, it’s still a little surreal just trying to think that I’ll be going there playing in the Premier League. It’s a very exciting challenge.”
The 2017-18 Premier League season will be Brighton’s first ever in the new top flight era and will open their account at home against Manchester City.
“Ever since the interest came up, the communication has been there, the plan started to get better and better and it’s a project that sounds really exciting,” Ryan continued.
“To make the decision to go there was an easy one because of the direction that the club was going in and the goals that they’re setting.”
He will link up with his new team after completing international duty with the Socceroos at the Confederations Cup in Russia.