Port Adelaide want to lure wantaway Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder to the club.
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Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak has supported his club’s attempts to lure Paddy Ryder away from Essendon, describing him as a “fantastic” player.
Ryder’s future at Essendon is up in the air despite being contracted to the club for another two seasons.
The 26-year-old is reportedly looking to break his contract by activating a clause due to health risks from the 2012 supplements program.
Port Adelaide are one of a number of club’s interested in Ryder, and the ruckman has already met with Brisbane Lions officials.
Boak backed the Power’s bid for the 170-game Bomber on Wednesday.
“Paddy is a fantastic player and I think any club would be lucky to have him,” Boak said.
“I was lucky enough to play over in Ireland in the under 17s [International Rules series] with him and he’s a fantastic person.
“It’d certainly add a fair bit to our team … just the type of player he is. I think he could add a lot all over the ground for us.
“Lobbes [Matthew Lobbe] has done a lot of the work this year and it would certainly help him out.
“We have still got [Jarrad Redden] Reddo who is coming back from a knee injury as well, so we have got a bit of stock there.
“To add another one into the forward line would be fantastic. Just the type of player he is, he could add a lot all over the ground for us.”