His influence was immediate and his leadership was, as ever, by example.
Ryan initially joined the Tigers in 2002 in something of a coup, making the switch from neighbours Wakefield. Before his stint with the Wildcats, although a local, he moved into the professional game with Huddersfield where he spent two seasons before spending a similar time with the Wildcats.
On joining the Tigers, Ryan was a big success. His commitment and work rate marking him as an obvious leader and he also captained Yorkshire to a ‘War of the Roses' victory in 2003, the last time the traditional clash with Lancashire took place.
Ryan also won representative honours with England ‘A' on their tour of Fiji and Tonga in 2002 and also for Gt Britain when they defeated the touring New Zealand ‘A' team on 2003.
After leaving the Tigers following their relegation in 2004, Ryan missed two seasons in the game before returning to Huddersfield in 2007.
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