West Coast Eagles investigate after Liam Ryan car crash

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

WEST Coast are investigating a car crash that resulted in goalsneak Liam Ryan being taken to hospital.

The crash happened at about 6am on Monday morning and involved the vehicle hitting a tree on Devonshire Terrace in the Perth suburb of Armadale.

Police attended the scene just after 6am.

Ryan was taken to Armadale hospital for a health assessment.

West Coast released a statement on Monday morning saying they are still trying to establish the facts about the incident.

Eagles skipper Shannon Hurn says Ryan wasn’t badly hurt in the crash, and that club officials are with him now.

“I think he’s OK. He hasn’t been hurt badly is the understanding,” Hurn said.

As far as Hurn is aware, Ryan possesses a current driver’s licence.

Hurn said there was no curfew on Sunday night.

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

The 21-year-old has become an instant hit among Eagles fans for his spectacular marking attempts and talents at ground level.

Ryan booted seven goals in his first three games, before a serious ankle injury sidelined him for 10 weeks.

He has managed just two goals in three games since returning.

The goalsneak has been praised by his teammates this season for his sense of humour and fun nature.

In the lead-up to Saturday’s clash with the Crows, Ryan hid behind some training material in the Adelaide Oval change rooms before jumping out to give teammate Liam Duggan a fright.

And at halftime of the match, Ryan joined in with teammates Willie Rioli and Lewis Jetta for a short dance picked up by the change room camera.

Ryan gave the camera a grin and a wave afterwards.

Hurn said it was important for players to show a bit of “enjoyment and humour”.

“It would be the worst thing ever coming into work … if they say, ‘This is how you have to behave, this is how you have to act’,” Hurn said.

Last year, Ryan booted 73 goals for WAFL side Subiaco in a campaign that helped him attract the interest of West Coast.