Sunderland Association Football Club Current Players
- Join Date:07/12/2009
Ryan is a livewire striker who plays a direct style and has a real eye for goal.
He emerged from Sunderland’s youth setup and rose to prominence by scoring 37 goals across the reserve and youth levels in 2009-10.
The striker also made his first-team debut during the same season, coming on as a substitute in an FA Cup win over Barrow.
Loan spells at Derby County at Watford in 2010-11 produced just one senior appearance – for the former – before a return to Wearside heralded another avalanche of goals and a Barclays Premier League debut, as a sub at Everton, plus a further two senior appearances.
Ryan played another two games for the first team during the first half of the 2011-12 season and scored 14 goals in 11 games for the reserves – include a memorable quadruple against Manchester United just after Martin O’Neill took charge.
The England under-19 international made two appearances during a second loan spell at Derby and then joined Hartlepool in March 2012 until the end of the season.
He scored twice in nine games for the Victoria Park club and made a good start to the 2012-13 season, coming off the bench to score a spectacular winning goal against FC Groningen in the Peace Cup.
Ryan joined Hartlepool United on loan in October 2012 and extended the arrangement a month later before returning to Wearside.
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