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Patrick Ryder
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Personal information
Birth 14 March 1988 (1988-03-14) (age 21)
Recruited from East Fremantle
Height and weight 197cm / 88kg
Playing career¹
Debut Round 1, 1 April 2006, Essendon vs. Sydney, at Telstra Dome
Team(s) Essendon (2006- )

73 games, 22 goals

¹ Statistics to end of 2009 season
Career highlights
* 2009 Anzac Day Medal

Patrick "Paddy" Ryder (born 14 March 1988) is an Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League.

Early career

Ryder was part of the AFL U18 All-Australian team, and he represented Australia in the U18 International Rules over in Ireland. He had a successful career in the WAFL as a young player, playing for the East Fremantle. Ryder is one of the top young prospects going around the AFL at the moment. He has 'freak' speed, agility and leap for someone his size and it is these attributes that has him compared to retired Indigenous Australian rules football star Graham "Polly" Farmer.

Essendon career

Essendon secured Ryder with its first selection in the 2005 AFL Draft, which was the seventh pick in the League.

Ryder debuted in Round 1, 2006 and plays mostly at full back, centre half back and in the ruck. In his 10th AFL match, Ryder was awarded a NAB Rising Star nomination for his efforts in Round 1, 2007.

He won the ANZAC Medal in 2009 after teammate David Hille was injured in the opening minutes of the game, resulting in Ryder rucking unassisted for the entire game.

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