Ryder requests trade to Saints

September 25, 2019 11:50 am in by
Port Adelaide ruckman Paddy Ryder has requested a trade to St Kilda. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

PORT Adelaide ruckman Paddy Ryder has requested an AFL trade to St Kilda.

The 2017 All Australian ruckman had been linked with a return to Essendon but has settled on the Saints as his destination of choice.

“Paddy Ryder has informed the Port Adelaide Football Club that he wishes to continue his career at St Kilda if a deal can be reached during the upcoming AFL trade period,” the Power said in a statement.

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On Wednesday morning, Ryder confirmed he intended to join St Kilda, citing a future lack of ruck opportunities at Port Adelaide.

“I’m going to head down to St Kilda, really excited about the opportunity,” Ryder said at the launch of AFL Trade Radio.

“I guess the way things have panned out at Port Adelaide over the past couple of years is Port Adelaide’s brought in Scotty Lycett, who’s a terrific ruckman, and they’ve got a couple of young blokes on the list that probably need a bit more time to develop.

“And I guess being my age and stuff I’m taking away that opportunity for them, so I’m very understanding of the football club and respect their decision.

“But I feel like I’ve still got a lot more to give, so I’ll be going down to Moorabbin.”

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Ryder played 170 games for Essendon between 2006 and 2014 before moving to Port Adelaide in the wake of the Bombers’ supplements saga.

The 31-year-old said he’d tossed up whether to return to the Bombers but didn’t get a “good feeling” when he toured Tullamarine.

“I was over here last week and I’ve been back and forth a little bit. A couple of weeks ago I was leaning towards Essendon and then I went back the other way,” Ryder said.

“And I guess the thing that stuck with me, I went back into the club last week and I … felt like I wanted to go through there and just see what it felt like in this respect and I just didn’t get like a really, really good feeling from going back there.

“But walking around the place and seeing everyone and saying g’day and I had a meeting with the coaches.

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“But then I went down to Moorabbin and it was a sense of like excitement and in the end that’s what I ended up basing my decision on.”

Ryder emphasised it wasn’t the supplements saga that had influenced his decision not to return to Essendon.

“It was more a general feeling,” he said.

“I’ve moved on from the scandal and so’s the footy club and it was great to go back in there.

“There was a lot of love shown to me and I think I’ve got a bit of closure on that, so I’m really comfortable.”

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