Liam Ryan
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DOB
2/10/96
Height
184cm
Weight
76 kg
Junior club
Subiaco/Geraldton Rovers JFC
Arrived
Pick 26 in the 2017 national draft
Number
1
Debut
Round 1 2018 vs Sydney
(235th Eagles player)
Games
43
Goals
58
Honours
Premiership medal (2018)
B&F Top 10
1 (2019)
Best Finish
7th (2019)
Other clubs
Subiaco (WAFL) 2016-2017
East Perth (WAFL) 2018

Excitement machine Liam Ryan was West Coast's third selection in the 2017 draft, and played in a premiership in his first season.

West Coast career[edit | edit source]

Originally from Geraldton, Ryan burst onto the WAFL scene in 2016 when he kicked 40 goals for Subiaco and put in several efforts for Mark of the Year. Surprisingly overlooked in the draft, he followed up with a league-leading 73 goals in 2017 while putting at ease questions about his maturity and work ethic.

Picked to debut in Round 1, Ryan quickly became a fan favourite, kicking seven goals in his first three matches before suffering an ankle injury. After an extended layoff he returned to the side briefly before an early-morning car crash that resulted in drink driving charges and a stint with East Perth. Ryan regained his senior spot late in the season and rediscovered his electrifying ways, becoming a part of the Eagles' premiership side.

Ryan started the 2019 season in strong form, playing further up the ground with his defensive efforts and tackling pressure particularly notable. He took Mark of the Year over ruckman Max Gawn late in a clash against Melbourne, with his subsequent goal putting West Coast ahead in a close contest. Ryan, who played every game for the year, added a second MotY contender late in the season, hurling himself back with the flight of the ball into an oncoming pack against Carlton, and was rewarded at the end of the year with a top-ten finish in the John Worsfold Medal count.

Stats[edit | edit source]

AFL Gm G B K M H D T Cl WAFL Gm G B K M H D T
2018 13 20 15 113 37 37 150 25 6 EP 3 5 3 20 5 3 23 14
2019 24 30 19 211 72 70 281 51 18 WCE 0
Tot 37 50 34 324 109 107 431 76 24
Avg 1.4 8.8 2.9 2.9 11.6 2.1 0.6

Tribunal record[edit | edit source]

Year Rd Charge Outcome
2018 20 Instigating a melee Accepted $1,500 fine
2019 1 Striking D.Gardiner (BRI) Accepted $1,500 fine

References[edit | edit source]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liam_Ryan_(footballer)

https://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/L/Liam_Ryan.html

http://www.wafl.com.au/players/view/6371

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