Luke Ryan

Luke Ryan (born 6 February 1996) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Fremantle Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Luke Ryan
Personal information
Full name Luke Ryan
Date of birth (1996-02-06) 6 February 1996
Original team(s) Coburg (VFL)
Draft No. 66, 2016 AFL draft
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current club Fremantle
Number 13
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2017 Fremantle 49 (3)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Originally from Melbourne's northern suburbs, Ryan played junior football for Aberfeldie, Moonee Valley and Maribyrnong Park Football Clubs in the Essendon District Football League as well as some games for Calder Cannons in the TAC Cup.[1] He then played for the Coburg Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL) in 2016, winning the Fothergill–Round Medal as the most promising young player in the league.[2]

He was recruited as a mature age player to Fremantle with their third selection, 66th overall, in the 2016 AFL draft.[3] He has made his AFL debut in round 11 of the 2017 AFL season against Collingwood at Domain Stadium, after playing well for Fremantle's reserves team, Peel Thunder, in the West Australian Football League (WAFL).[4]

Ryan received the AFL Rising Star nomination for round 20 after gaining 28 possessions and taking 16 marks in the Dockers' 23-point win over the Gold Coast Suns at Domain Stadium.[5] Ryan also received two votes in the 2017 Brownlow Medal from this round 20 match.

The Fremantle Dockers have also awarded Ryan the Beacon Award for the best first year player (2017 season). Ryan scored his first AFL goal against Carlton on 16 May 2018.

References

  1. Cavanagh, Chris (20 July 2016). "Luke Ryan enjoying a stellar season for Coburg in the VFL". Moreland Leader. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  2. Cavanagh, Chris (14 September 2016). "Coburg defender Luke Ryan bound for AFL level after claiming VFL's Fothergill-Round Medal". Moreland Leader. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  3. Fee, Tom (25 November 2016). "Freo stand tall at AFL Draft". fremantlefc.com.au.
  4. Quartermaine, Braden (1 June 2017). "Luke Ryan a chance to debut as Dockers drop Danyle Pearce for Collingwood fixture". The West Australian. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  5. McGowan, Marc (7 August 2017). "'A lad' to a Rising Star: Docker makes his mark". BigPond. AFL.com.au. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
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