DOB: 14 February 1947
Number: 36 1966
Despite first training with the Demons in March 1966 it took until July for Melbourne to win his clearance from Prahran after a protracted wrangle with the VFA. The league had initially refused to let him go because he was in their national carnival side. He had made the jump from thirds to seniors the year before and kicked 59 goals in 13 games as well as representing the VFA against Tasmania.
By the time he was finally cleared Ryan had kicked 94 goals in 24 games and played for the league in the National Carnival.