Paddy Ryder will miss the early rounds of the 2021 season, taking immediate personal leave from football. 

It comes as the 32-year-old requested some time away from the club to be spent with family and elders in his community.

“Family and community are a huge part of the culture and connection that we are building at the club,” Chief Operating Officer Simon Lethlean said.

When Paddy said he needed to take some time off for his health and well-being and reconnect with his family and culture, he had our full support to do so.

- Simon Lethlean

“2020 was difficult for many families, with border closures and restrictions impacting everyone differently.

“We look forward to Paddy returning after some time way, energised to attack the 2021 season and ready to contribute strongly to our on-field endeavours.”