Crash clouds Eagle Ryan’s AFL future

Liam Ryan. Photo: Getty
Liam Ryan. Photo: Getty

THE immediate playing future of West Coast’s Liam Ryan remains up in the air after the AFL forward crashed his car into a tree.

Police were called to the scene at about 6am on Monday after Ryan’s vehicle hit a tree on Devonshire Terrace in the Perth suburb of Armadale.

Ryan was taken to hospital for a health assessment.

Although his physical injuries aren’t serious, West Coast are now focusing on his mental state.

Eagles coach Adam Simpson says Ryan’s transition into AFL ranks, plus the recent birth of his daughter, mean there’s a lot on his plate.

Simpson says the club’s number one concern is Ryan’s health and making sure he’s mentally okay.

The details of Ryan’s car crash haven’t been released to the public yet, but Eagles officials have spent time with Ryan trying to piece everything together.

Whether a club-imposed suspension will be handed down, or whether Ryan is granted leave to deal with personal issues, remains to be seen.

The Eagles are yet to officially rule Ryan out of Sunday’s clash with GWS at Optus Stadium, but his chances of playing in that game appear slim.

Ryan, who was selected with pick No.26 at last year’s national draft, has played six games for West Coast this season.

But he has managed just two goals in three games since returning from a long-term injury a few weeks ago.

West Coast (10-4) have slipped to third spot following three straight losses, and they will be without forward trio Josh Kennedy (leg), Jack Darling (ankle), and Mark LeCras (wrist) for at least another week.

The club’s struggles up forward is set to open the door for Nathan Vardy to return to the side.

Vardy was sidelined at the start of the year because of a groin injury, but has gradually built up his form in the WAFL over the past six weeks.

Last week, the former Cat tallied 12 disposals, two goals, and 57 hit-outs for East Perth.

Vardy’s potential inclusion could cost Fraser McInnes a spot in the side.

McInnes has booted just one goal from three matches this year.