West Coast followers had been practically denied a classic Liam Ryan hangar this week after senior coach Adam Simpson revealed the livewire overcame vital soreness to play a starring position within the Eagles win over Carlton.
Already lacking key ahead line personnel within the likes of Josh Kennedy and Oscar Allen, Ryan reprised the lead-up full-forward position which noticed drafted from Subiaco in 2017.
And the All-Australian thrived, kicking a game-high 4 objectives to go along with 17 touches and 9 marks, together with a spectacular however regulation mark of the yr contender over Liam Stocker within the third quarter.
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Ryan’s day appeared set to be over late when he exited the Sydney Cricket Floor with a hamstring criticism however the cramp was the least of the 24-year-olds worries in line with Simpson.
“He appeared sore on the airport, on the airplane, throughout the captain’s run, after he took his mark,” Simpson stated.
“However he was actually vital for us. I’m actually happy with him.
“He’s bought to get a bit extra elite in his restoration this week however he’s effective.
“For him to face up within the large moments was crucial for us. We had been lacking some forwards so I’m happy with Liam for that.”
Talking post-match, Ryan stated he was nonetheless constructing again to his greatest type after enjoying his third recreation again from a shin criticism.
“Simply getting back from damage and getting going once more,” Ryan informed Fox Footy.
“I’ve discovered it fairly arduous on the again finish of quarters however I’ve started working my manner by way of it.
“JK informed halfway throughout the week he wasn’t enjoying and I assumed I’d take his spot. I’ve finished that earlier than so I do know what it seems like.”
Simpson revealed Ryan wasn’t the one Eagle who performed by way of soreness, with West Coast additionally set to lose Brad Sheppard to the AFL’s 12-day concussion protocol after a sickening collision with Adam Saad early.
West Coast had been as a consequence of take pleasure in their bye this weekend however will as an alternative face Richmond after the AFL moved their Spherical 14 conflict ahead by per week.
“We’ve got a few boys who manfully labored by way of the sport who had been fairly sore,” Simpson stated.
“Shannon Hurn is constructing again into his season. Elliot Yeo is identical.
“The issue we’ve in the intervening time is we get two again subsequent week and we’d lose two.
“It could have been good to have a bye.
“We truthfully suppose we’ve had it actually good as a membership this yr. Numerous groups have handled far worse than us. We sleep in our beds so we’ll do no matter it takes to maintain the competitors going.”
Simpson was additionally happy with the efforts of West Coast’s youth, together with Luke Edwards on debut together with Luke Foley (three video games), Bailey Williams (eight video games), Xavier O’Neill (10 video games) and Harry Edwards (5 video games).
“We have to transition and develop the children coming by way of,” he stated.
“We’ve bought Sydney in a number of weeks again right here so they need to get loads of confidence out of tonight.”