Luke Ryan striving to reach greater heights on back of Doig Medal season for Fremantle Dockers | Ralph Lauren

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Reigning Doig medallist Luke Ryan says he’s focussed on ensuring his stunning 2020 campaign is no one-hit wonder as he prepares for the new season.

While a role change looms after his successful stint as an undersized key defender last season, Ryan is keen to remain among the upper echelon of AFL defenders after receiving his first All-Australian blazer.

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Western Bulldogs premiership player Matthew Boyd has become an important new mentor for Ryan since taking over as Fremantle’s backline coach.

“I spoke to Matty Boyd yesterday about it. If you want to be a great player, you’ve got to play good for a certain amount of years. You can’t just have one good year,” Ryan said.

“I’ve got to look to ways to improve my game. Obviously it’s going to be a different role this year, but I’m excited for it.”

Ryan has no doubt key defenders Alex Pearce and Joel Hamling will take their places in round one, having missed all of last season with their respective ankle injuries.

“They’re looking really well. They’ve trained every session they can and I’m sure they’ll be fit and ready to go by round one,” he said.

“They’re very excited. They’ve had a long time off and to see them training together and working together, it’s really exciting for us and helps us younger backs.”

Luke Ryan had a superb 2020 campaign.
Camera IconLuke Ryan had a superb 2020 campaign. Credit: Chris Hyde/via AFL Photos

With Griffin Logue also eyeing a return having missed most of last season with a toe injury, the influx of tall timber means Ryan should no longer be needed to battle the monster key forwards.

“We’ve got a tall backline. I might not even be third tall. I just might be the bloke in the back pocket,” he said.

“I’m excited for any role I get. As long as I’m playing, I’m happy.”

Ryan believed the speed and athleticism of the Dockers’ key defenders meant they could all play together.

“Joel, Alex, Brennan, Griff – they’re all really good runners. They can play tall or small, so we’ve got real good flexibility down there and it’s exciting for us,” he said.

“We can play four, five of those guys. They’re all quick and strong and they’re a lot quicker than us smaller blokes.

“We’ve got a big backline group and there’s a lot of players that can be pushing for it. The back six can change every week. So whoever’s playing the best footy I’m guessing will be playing in the AFL side.”

The defence is also set to be boosted by the return of top-10 draft pick Hayden Young from injury.

“He’s looking really good. He’s a lot fitter, a lot stronger,” Ryan said.

“Even now when he takes kick-ins or he does his running off half-back, his leg just looks unbelievable at the moment.”


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