2017 Draft Profile - Liam Ryan

 
With just two days to the AFL draft, the Subiaco Draft Prospect series continues with the player who has become a crowd favourite of every Lions fan.
 
Liam Ryan burst onto the WAFL scene in 2016 after he made the move to Perth from Geraldton. In his first game for Subiaco, albeit at Reserves level, he booted six goals from 14 possessions and only lasted another three games in the Reserves, before climbing into the League side.
 
In his League debut against East Fremantle, he booted two goals from just nine possessions – however, it is worth noting that the Sharks dominated the Lions by 80 points in this game.
 
Over the remainder of the season, Ryan consistently hit the scoreboard and produced a series of outstanding highlight reel marks, which had him talked about by recruiters from AFL clubs. He was surprisingly overlooked at last year’s Draft, but bounced back with a vengeance in 2017.
 
Ryan claimed the Bernie Naylor Medal in 2017 finishing with 73 goals across the season. Showing his consistency he kicked goals in all bar one game and kicked three bags of six goals during the season.
 
More impressive from Ryan across 2017 was his willingness to improve the defensive side of his game. Ryan made great leaps with his ability to pressure the opposition defenders and as the season progressed showed a willingness to work up the ground and link up play from defence to attack.
 
WHAT THEY SAY
 
WHAT THE COACH SAYS:
Liam has shown massive improvement this year. It's mainly based on his attitude and commitment to training, understanding the requirements to succeed. It's only his second season of WAFL, he's had close attention and kicked 73 goals. He's put himself in such a better position to take the next step to AFL He settled down with a girl and he made it a focus of his not to touch alcohol, which is a credit to him. It just shows that when he puts his mind to something he can stay on the path of it.
 
WHAT THE FOOTBALL MANAGER SAYS:
Liam established himself as one of the leagues' most exciting talents after an electric first two seasons with Subiaco. Ryan combines an adept mix of speed, skill & intelligence to create moments of magic in the forward line.
 
WHAT THE SCOUT SAYS:
Ryan is only 21-years-old, so he is a raw prospect who has enormous potential at the top level. Is a must see in the forward half due to his speed, skill and football intelligence – attributes that are very hard to come by. His athleticism is elite, as is his ability to take incredible marks. He won the 2017 WAFL mark of the year, but what is more impressive is that he contributed four of the five finalists.
 
WHAT THE TEAMMATE SAYS:
Liam as we are all aware is an excitement machine, however what most people won’t be aware of is how far this man has come in the last 12 months. His talent and ability made him ready for the AFL in 2016 however, 2017 saw Liam make even bigger strides and showed he has the mental toughness to exceed at the next level. I cannot wait to see this young man on the big stage next year.
 
WHAT LIAM SAYS:
I worked on a lot of things this year — my defensive work, my tackling and my fitness.
I’ve done the most that I can but I can improve more."
 
FINAL THOUGHTS
Proven Performer
– Has shown over two seasons now that he can make an impact at a higher level
High Ceiling
– Has developed defensive game in past 12 months, indicating a willingness to improve
Highlight Reel
– Will become a cult figure instantly for AFL fans with his stunning marks and freak goals

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