Graham Potter has hinted Maty Ryan could be allowed to leave Albion.

The Seagulls boss said it would only be respectful to allow the Australia international “freedom” to play more games if that was not happening at the Amex.

But he played down a suggestion that Ryan has played his last match for the club.

Robert Sanchez will make his second successive start when Sheffield United visit on Sunday.

Ryan has reportedly been told he can find a new club in January.

Asked about that possibility, Potter said: “I think you have to be respectful to the professional and his career and his family and his situation.

“On the one hand we are saying we are going to give Robert an opportunity and him and Jason (Steele) have done well, Jason has done well as a No.2, and you are going to give him that time.

“At the same time you know that the situation for him (Ryan) may be that he wants to be in a better position in terms of being involved somewhere where he is more able to play or more involved in playing.

“I think out of respect for Maty you have got to give him freedom to do that.

“In the end it is down to Maty and club really.”

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Asked whether Ryan had played his last game for the club, Potter said: “I can’t see into the future but I wouldn’t say it is as extreme as that.”


The Seagulls boss has no doubts over how Ryan will respond to his omission.

Asked what he can do now to win his place back, Potter replied: “Train like I know he will, which is 100%, which is what he does every day.

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“Maty has been a top servant for this club.

“He has been a brilliant professional to work with and I have the utmost respect for him.”