Adelaide recruit Oscar Ryan has credited a social media blackout for his rise up the draft ranks in 2023.
Ryan was not invited to the Vic Country hub late last year but eventually forced his way into the side thanks to standout performances for the Murray Bushranger’s in the Coates Talent League.
The choice to avoid social media was an idea the 18-year-old came up with himself, knowing he had to focus if he wanted to achieve his dream of being an AFL footballer.
“At the end of last year I deleted all social media except for Facebook, with the purpose to get myself prepared to play the footy I wanted to play,” Ryan said.
“I think it is the toughest thing for boys now being stuck on their phones and having those distractions.
“I ended up deleting it for six months and I think that is why I am here now.”
Adelaide selected the Shepparton United product with Pick No. 27 at the AFL National Draft on Monday night, following a season where he averaged 22 disposals, five marks and four tackles per game to finish runner-up in the Bushrangers’ best-and-fairest.
He also played in all Vic Country’s National Championship games, where his rebound defending and ability to carve up the opposition with his kicking skills and running were a major asset for the side.
Speaking to AFC Media, Ryan said Adelaide fans can expect an exciting player who likes to run with the footy and take the game on.
“I am a very aggressive player and love to take the game on,” he said.
“I love a challenge and won’t back down from anything.”
Set to touch down in Adelaide on Friday, Ryan said he already feels like a Crow thanks to the messages of support he has received from his new teammates since being drafted.
“The support has been great,” Ryan said.
“They have really got around all three of us draftees and I can’t wait to get over to Adelaide and get into it.
“I think I’ve had a text from every one of them, like Tex to the boys from Shepparton like Rachele and Murray.”