Mathew Ryan believes he has become a much better goalkeeper since joining Albion.

Ryan was voted Fans' Premier League Player of the Month earlier this week ahead of his 50th appearance for Albion at Cardiff tomorrow (12.30).

The Australian was also shortlisted for the EA Sports Player of the Month.

Ryan told PlayersVoice: "I'm a completely different goalkeeper now to the one who arrived from Valencia last season.

"I was coming off a turbulent period in my career and my confidence and self-belief weren't exactly soaring in that first month at Brighton.

"I used that as motivation entering this season. I wanted to start this campaign with Brighton strong and with a clear mind. I learned and grew a lot in this league last year. I was determined to build on those experiences this season.

"In the beginning last season, there were probably times when I felt a little daunted about who I was playing against. It's the best league in the world. The aura around some of these players is huge.

"But there comes a point when those situations become normal. When you come up against these guys enough times, you learn that they’re just human like you are. Put them under pressure in the right moments and they’re going to experience difficulties.

"It’s about seeing through the illusion that they’ve built for themselves. They're hyped up so much in the media and by their PR machines. Because our league is broadcast around the world – and there are so many pundits and commentators praising the players – you can tend to think of them as superhuman.

"They're not. They're just another figure in front of you who you're trying to beat."

Ryan, rested from international duty last month due to a minor injury, is back in Graham Arnold's Australia squad for forthcoming matches at home to South Korea and Lebanon.