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Ryan Longman: The Story So Far

7 July 2021

An in-depth look at the career of the Tigers’ latest signing, Ryan Longman…

 

Born in Redhill, Longman joined Brighton’s academy in September 2012 aged 11 and worked his way through the youth ranks.

The highly-rated forward scored 13 goals in 36 games for the Under-18s before linking up with the Under-23s, playing 20 times at that age group.

In 2019/20, Longman gained his first taste of facing senior opposition when playing for Brighton’s Under-21s in the EFL Trophy away to AFC Wimbledon and Southend – both 2-0 wins.

In between, he was handed his first-team debut as a second-half substitute in the Seagulls’ 3-1 EFL Cup third-round defeat to Aston Villa – his only Albion appearance to date.

Having caught the eye of then-Wimbledon boss, and ex-Tiger, Glyn Hodges in the aforementioned EFL Trophy tie, Longman was brought to the Wombles on loan for the 2020/21 season.

Going straight into the starting XI, he made his Dons debut in a 2-1 EFL Trophy victory over Charlton and made his league bow in a 2-2 opening-day draw at Northampton.

The pacy attacker scored his first professional goal in his fourth appearance in a topsy-turvy 4-4 draw with Plymouth, quickly followed by his second in a 2-1 defeat against Accrington.

Further strikes came against Burton, Peterborough, Arsenal Under-21s, Crewe, Charlton – where he netted his first career brace – and Ipswich.

Longman finished the season with nine strikes in 52 appearances in all competitions and featured in all but two of their 46 league fixtures, also contributing five assists.

His efforts helped Wimbledon secure League One survival with a game to spare after a late-season resurgence of 14 points from seven games, with the Plough Lane club placing 19th.

After monitoring his progress closely, parent club Brighton rewarded the versatile 20-year-old for an impressive first season of regular senior football with a new two-year contract just four days ago.

Dan Ashworth, Albion’s technical director, explained: “Ryan really proved himself in men’s football last season with Wimbledon, impressing David Weir (Player Pathway Manager) and his team and has earned this new contract.

“Ryan is keen to continue to learn and wants to build on what that experience has given him.”

The next step in Longman’s journey takes him from East Sussex to East Yorkshire, where he will be looking to continue his development after an encouraging start to his burgeoning career.


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