I like Liam Ryan from Subiaco as late-round prospect this year. He’s a 19 year old quick small forward who has already got some interest from clubs.
WA Lion Liam Ryan a stand-out prospect for AFL selectors
Date: May 18 2016
WAFL powerhouse Subiaco might have unveiled an AFL draft smoky.
Country recruit Liam Ryan was overlooked by East Fremantle in their traditionally rich country breeding zone of Geraldton and was swung into the reigning premiers’ forward line early this month.
He’s only made two senior Lions appearances but has already sent AFL talent scouts into a frenzy.
It is estimated that at least six AFL clubs have made inquiries to Lions staff on a new draft prospect in the west.
The silky smooth 19-year-old has been likened to Hawthorn superstar Cyril Rioli, with exhilarating and explosive talents as well as uncanny goal-kicking sense.
Ryan was not listed by East Fremantle when he turned 19 and automatically became a “free agent” to join a WAFL club of his choice.
He somewhat surprisingly joined the champions of the past two years after discussions with West Coast alignment outfit East Perth just before Christmas, and then joined the Lions’ summer training.
He has bagged six goals in his two senior outings, with a couple on debut in an 80-point thrashing from East Fremantle and then a classy four majors from nine disposals in a comfortable Lions 44-point win over Claremont last Saturday.
Ryan is now tipped to grow in appeal to AFL talent scouts who are scouring the nation for contenders for this year’s national draft in November.
West Australian footy great and commentator Peter Bell was impressed with his first sighting of the exciting small forward in a WAFL game last weekend.
The dual North Melbourne premiership star and Dockers’ legend predicts Ryan will attract substantial AFL interest across the remainder of the season heading into this year’s draft.
“Let me say that this is all from seeing him play in one game so far, but he seems to have all of the required attributes,” Bell said.
"He looked very clean with his ball handling and he didn’t fumble much, and he’s certainly got the physical ability for what you can expect in the AFL.
"He’s tall as well, at around 189cm, and he’s got a terrific vertical leap and not just with the really big mark he took.
"He has an uncanny ability to leap high in marking attempts from pretty much a standing start.
“He’s certainly worth watching as the season rolls on.”