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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Fremantle defender Luke Ryan not resting on laurels ahead of crucial 2019 season

Luke Ryan has nominated ruckman Sean Darcy and young midfielders Adam Cerra and Andrew Brayshaw as the three players to watch for rapid improvement as Fremantle refuse to put a ceiling on their possibilities for 2019.
And Ryan, who climbed into the top five of the Dockers’ best and fairest last season, said the most important lesson he had learnt in two years in the AFL boiled down to three words: don’t breathe out.
“Players get better every week and players get bigger and stronger every year,” said the 23-year- old plucked from Peter German’s VFL team Coburg with pick 66 in the 2016 national draft.
In order for a rebuild to work clubs not only need quality at the draft’s top end, they need to “score” from lower picks as well.
Ryan, who has played 31 matches in his first two seasons, including 20 last year, shapes as a big win.
“I could never have guessed I would be able to finish top five in a best and fairest at an AFL club,” he said.
“That was unbelievable and I am going to try and climb higher from there.”
Ryan credits German as the the biggest single influence on his career to date.
“He got me in the right sort of shape and the right frame of mind to want to be drafted because I probably didn’t care enough about it before him,” Ryan said.
German also made him improve his kicking, which is now a strength of his game.
“Germo told me that if you turn the ball over it is going to be coming back at you and you are going to have to defend more,” Ryan said.
“I learnt to take care of the footy and hit a teammate.”Ryan is excited about a trio of emerging Dockers.
“The three that really come to mind are Sean Darcy, Adam Cerra and Andy Brayshaw,” Ryan said.
“They are the ones that really stick out. They have all come back in really good nick.
“Adam and Andy were really good last year and I am looking forward to seeing what they can do in their second year.
“I am hoping Sean can play a few more games this year.”
And he said the greater depth in the squad and the deeds of Richmond and the Western Bulldogs in 2016 and 2017 were a reminder to the Dockers of what is possible.

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