It’s time for Port Adelaide to let Paddy Ryder go
Paddy Ryder has been more than serviceable for Port Adelaide, but it’s time to let him go.
The Power ruckman was brought in to be the ‘last piece of the premiership puzzle’ at the end of 2014.
Port gave up picks 17 and 37 for the Essendon ruckman, which was a sensational deal.
Matthew Lobbe was good, but didn’t have the X-factor like Ryder did. It was a signing that made perfect sense.
However, the Power haven’t won a flag, and have gone backwards since he joined – and those things aren’t intertwined.
For the first time during his time at the Power, Ryder has been dropped to the SANFL.
Ryder is out of contract at the end of the season, he’s 30, out of form and demanding a two-year extension, opposed to one.
If that situation doesn’t change, Ryder must be let go by the Power.
Scott Lycett has nailed down the number one role since joining from West Coast, while Pete Ladhams and Sam Hayes also have bright futures.
Ryder’s departure will also clear up cap space, and if the Power are serious about a premiership tilt while Travis Boak, Robbie Gray and Justin Westhoff are kicking about, 2020 is the time.
Cap space will be vital, as the Power should throw the kitchen sink at Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy.
One of the two best ruckman in the competition, Grundy would be a perfect fit for the Power if he’s eager to come home.
His brother Riley is on the list and has been doing good things in the SANFL.
He’s agile around the ground, meaning he’d work perfectly with Lycett – they’d compliment each other.
It’d be the unstoppable ruck duo in the competition – it needs to happen if Port is to return to the top four.