Ryan heading to Scotland
Central Coast goalkeeper Mathew Ryan will fly out for Scotland on Monday with the club confirming he is set for 10 days of training with Rangers
Central Coast Mariners goalkeeper Mathew Ryan will fly out for Scotland on Monday with the club confirming he is set for 10 days of training with Rangers.
While Rangers are not allowed to officially trial players due to their recent insolvency and dumping from the Scottish Premier League, a Mariners spokesperson confirmed the Scottish club are interested in acquiring Ryan for their next season.
Though they had been dropped from the Scottish Premier League after going in to liquidation there is talk that the club could be granted access back into the league, based on their improving financial position with the club recently receiving a windfall of 30 million.
For Ryan-s part it seems he is destined to leave the Mariners sooner rather than later, with the club looking to also improve their current financial position before both Ryan-s and Tom Rogic-s contracts expire.
Ryan has previously trialled with Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion and has received a lot of interest from Hull City.
Should he impress at Rangers there is a good chance manager Alex McCoist could snap Ryan up as a free agent after September 1, 2013 when the embargo on them buying players is lifted.
The present deal was brokered by Central Coast Mariners General Manager of Football, Lawrie McKinna, who was in his native Scotland over Christmas.
“I was in Scotland over Christmas spoke with (Rangers Manager) Ally McCoist about Mathew Ryan,” McKinna said.
“It is a credit to Mat and to our Club that Ally was well aware of Mat-s ability and potential and immediately offered for him to join Rangers for a training spell.”
"Mat is eager to take up the opportunity and we are sure he will learn a lot from the experience."