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Ryan to exit? - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Sun, 13 Jan 2008 07:31:00 GMT
The off-season continues to get tougher for Bulldogs fans with speculation rife that captain Andrew Ryan may return to his old stomping ground in 2009.

Off-contract at the end of the 2008 season, it appears the premiership winning successor to Steve Price won't be short on options when it comes to signing his next contract.

Though nothing has been officially tabled, Parramatta have proven fairly successful in recruiting former players back to the club in recent years including PJ Marsh (now at Brisbane) and Ian Hindmarsh (retired).

Will Ryan become the third member of the class of 2001 to make his way back to O'Connell St?

If the latest rumour doing the rounds in Sydney's daily is right on the money, then it's going to take a lot of work from Canterbury to keep Ryan on the leash.

In the Sunday telegraph, it's reported that:

"The Bulldogs are under pressure to re-sign captain Andrew Ryan, who was telling people at his bucks party that he wants to go back to Parramatta and play alongside mate, Nathan Hindmarsh."

Then again when you run-up against a bloke who last season averaged 43.4 tackles per game, it's fair to say that there'd be a strong proportion of players who'd prefer to play alongside Hindy then against him.

Ryan was a consistent performer in 2007 and has often produced a spirited, in your face effort regardless of the mood of the game.

Making tackle busts that put life back into the team's performance when at times the battle seems lost, the Bobcat is a player a lot of clubs would like on their roster.

An inspirational foot-soldier on the field and a terrific role model off it for the family club, Canterbury can't afford to lose players like Ryan.

The depature of Mason and O'Meley meant the club lost a total of 298 games worth of first grade experience. Add Ryan's name to that list at the end of 08 and that figure nearly reaches 500.

The thought of losing that much experience up-front within two seasons is reason enough for the Dogs to be under pressure.

Perhaps the result of the round 1 clash between the two-rivals will help with the decision making process.

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