In 2011, Bulldogs second rower Andrew Ryan hung up his boots but was quick to continue his career in the world of Rugby League as one of Rugby League’s One Community Ambassadors and NRL Players Education and Welfare Officer.
Ryan has well and truly left his mark in Rugby League history as an accomplished player. He has represented his state, region and country, securing his place on the NSW, Country and Kangaroos side several times throughout his career.
The former Bulldogs skipper was loyal to the club for 9 years with an initial 3 year playing time with the Parramatta Eels. After 286 first grade games - 219 with the Bulldogs - Ryan said he knew the time was right to call it quits from the game altogether.
"Just then I tried to chase my three year-old out in the hallway and I couldn't catch her so I might just retire now," he said.
Soon after his retirement, Ryan pursued his passion for the community and has since promoted its programs in regional NSW, Western Sydney and the Sydney Royal Easter Show.