My first ever scout
Matthew Ryan is an 18 year old goalkeeper playing for the Central Coast Mariners in the A-League.
He was signed at the beginning of the A-League season as cover for fellow new signing Jess Vanstratten, formerly of Juventus and Gold Coast.
However, Vanstratten managed to do his knee in during a seemlingly harmless training session, ruling him out for up to 12 months. With the transfer window shut, Mariners manager Graham Arnold had little choice but to promote Ryan into the starting line-up.
His first match was against Champions Sydney, and Ryan made an unfortunate howler, gifting Sydney a point.
Despite signing the more experienced free agent Paul Henderson, Arnold publicly gave Ryan his backing for the rest of the season.
And the teenager has responded by keeping three straight clean sheets, showing more confidence and composure.
He's played four matches for Central Coast so far this season, but expect him to play upwards of 25 matches this season assuming no injury and the Mariners make the finals.
I sent a ticket about him, and he's been added as a 72. But if he continues to receive gametime, there's no reason why he can't get a decent +5 rise. He's a good young talent, well worth signing or at the very least keeping on your shortlist.
Hope it's helped somebody