By G9ija

Mat Ryan admits he was shocked when Graham Potter told him he could leave Brighton in January.

The Australian goalkeeper left Albion on loan for Arsenal last month after falling out of favour with Potter.

And Ryan says the English manager contracted himself when explaining his decision to let him leave.

Speaking to Optus Sport, Ryan said: “He (Potter) started thanking me for my time at the club, saying ‘You’ve been a great servant for the club, can’t say a bad word about you, you’ve been professional’ and all this.

“I was stunned by it and I had to stop him and clarify it.”

“I was a bit shocked to hear that at that time and how it all unfolded.

“It sort of contradicted a couple of things he had said to me previously after dropping me the first time.”

But the 28-year-old also added that he ‘wasn’t able to the job done’ during his final few games at the AMEX.

“This season at Brighton, the longer it was going on there were more and more signs that were happening that I just didn’t feel the full support of the club.

“It’s very hard to thrive when you are not feeling the support of the business or the company.

“Unfortunately for me, that’s how I was feeling when I look back this whole season.

“I’m not trying to make an excuse. I also wasn’t able to get the job done out on the pitch.”