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Ryan
Griffen

Height
192 cm
DOB
27-07-1986
Weight
88 kg
Debut
2005
Games
257
Goals
162
RyanGriffen

PLAYER BIO

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Goolwa
Debut: 2005
Recruited From: Goolwa (SA)/South Adelaide (SANFL)/Western Bulldogs
Brownlow Votes: 72
Community Ambassador: Pennant Hills

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PLAYER BIO

Ryan Griffen played 202 games for the Bulldogs after making his debut in 2005. He is a dual best and fairest winner and was All-Australian in 2013. Griffen arrived at the GIANTS in a trade deal with the Western Bulldogs which also saw the club receive pick six in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft. After establishing himself as a dependable member of the GIANTS in 2015, injury hampered his 2016 season before he was hindered to just three games in 2017 due to persistent ankle issues.

Another GIANT to suffer a terrible run of luck last year, with the veteran playing just three games because of two separate ankle injuries. Griffen went down against North Melbourne in round three and, after fighting through three months of rehabilitation, hurt himself again at training and didn’t play again. With a host of young players pushing for more opportunities, he could have a fight on his hands to win a spot in the best 22 this season. But if his body is right, his hardness around the contest and ability to carry the ball will be invaluable. The former Bulldog is out of contract at the end of the season.

The former Western Bulldogs captain endured a tough season in 2016, restricted to just 15 games because of back and hamstring problems, his worst outut since 2007. The 30-year-old averaged 21.1 disposals and 5.3 tackles a game and at times showed how damaging he can be as a hard-running midfielder. Griffen is still an important plater to the GIANTS' midfield and his contested footy is vital to the team's chances this season.

After his shock arrival at the GIANTS, much was expected of the former Bulldogs captain and, although he was a valuable player, his output was down. Wore the tag of the opposition's stopper most weeks early in the season, allowing younger teammates more freedom and that proved a huge help to the team. Played 21 games, including some at half-back, and this could be his permanent position this year.

The GIANTS landed one of the biggest coups of the off-season when they signed the Bulldogs captain. Griffen had just completed his first year as skipper and was coming off another excellent season when he dropped a bombshell and announced he was leaving the Whitten Oval. At 28 and with plenty of good football in front of him, the highly decorated Griffen is just the player the GIANTS need at this stage of their AFL infancy.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 257
    • Kicks 11.6
    • Handballs 9.5
    • Disposals 21.1
    • Marks 3.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.4
    • Tackles 3.7
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 81.2

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 29 Port Adelaide Rd 10, 2013
Handballs 27 Geelong Cats Rd 22, 2012
Disposals 47 Sydney Swans Rd 21, 2012
Marks 11 Port Adelaide Rd 14, 2008
Hit-outs 4 Port Adelaide Rd 20, 2015
Tackles 15 Melbourne Rd 8, 2014
Goals 3 Adelaide Crows Rd 11, 2018
AFL Fantasy 166 Port Adelaide Rd 10, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

History

Draft History

2004 NAB AFL Draft priority selection (Western Bulldogs) No.3 overall; 2014 NAB AFL Draft traded by Western Bulldogs for Tom Boyd

Previous AFL Club

Western Bulldogs (2005-14: 202 games, 130 goals)

Player Honours

AFL Awards

All Australian 2013

Pre-season Premiership Western Bulldogs (2010)

NAB AFL Rising Star nominee 2005

Previous Club Awards

Western Bulldogs Club Captain 2014

Western Bulldogs Best and Fairest
2010, 2013

Western Bulldogs Best and Fairest 2nd Place 2012

Western Bulldogs Best and Fairest 3rd Place 2011