MATY RYAN is backing Aaron Mooy to get plenty of Albion game time as the season progresses.

Midfielder Mooy, who turned 29 on Sunday, came on for the last ten minutes in the 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday.

It was his second appearance off the bench for the Seagulls since joining on a season-long loan from Huddersfield.

Although his opportunities to shine under head coach Graham Potter have been limited, Australia fans saw him at his best with a great strike in the 3-0 win over Kuwait in their World Cup qualifier during the international break when Albion No.1 Ryan kept a clean sheet.

Keeper Ryan is confident his Socceroos team-mate has a big part to play with Albion.

Ryan said: “He’s a quality player. He’s demonstrated that in the time he has had in the Premier League, for Australia and throughout his career.

“We are blessed to have quite some depth in the squad and he is working hard each day to try to make the most of the minutes he is getting.

“I am sure over the course of the season he is going to be right up there with the appearances.

"I am sure he will start some games here and there too but that is obviously up to the gaffer."

Although Saturday's game at the Amex was played in bright sunshine, it was a long way from the 40C temperatures they experienced with Australia at the Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium.

Ryan was pleased the Aussies avoided any slips as they banked three points in Group B.

He said: "It’s not easy going to those countries with the adversities you face like the pitches, temperature and all those sort of things.

“It was nice to overcome those and get off to a good start.”

Australia's next World Cup qualifier is against Nepal on October 10 in Canberra.