The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs plan to send long-standing skipper Andrew Ryan out with a bang when he plays his final home game for the Club against the Canberra Raiders at ANZ Stadium on Sunday September 4.
Ryan, who announced his retirement from Rugby League on August 1, will lead the side out for the final time at home in front of what is hoped will be a bumper crowd for the round 26 fixture.
Fans can leave Bobcat a thank you message for his service to the Club and to Rugby League by Clicking Here from today, with all those who leave a message entitled to make the most of a two for one ticket offer for the match.
There will also be a special ticket and commemorative T-Shirt offer for the farewell game, with further details to go live on the Bulldogs website from tomorrow.
In addition to the above, an open invitation has been extended to the people of Ryan’s home town Dubbo, in the NSW Central West, to help mark the occasion, while a number of other exciting initiatives are in place to ensure that ‘Bobcat’ gets the send off he deserves.
This week a letter has gone out to his junior Clubs, St Johns & Dubbo CYMS, inviting their players along to the game, while 6,000 fans on the eastern side of ANZ Stadium will come together to spell out a 75 metre long ‘Bobcat’ sign on run out.
Since taking over the captaincy in the most spectacular of circumstances – as a replacement for the injured Steve Price in the Bulldogs 2004 Premiership win – Ryan has led the Bulldogs with distinction through seven NRL seasons.
The 32-year old has also been a major contributor away from the field of play, winning the 2010 Ken Stephen Medal for the player who made the greatest contribution to community causes.
This contribution will continue in retirement, with a large part of his new NRL role involving mentoring young players who have relocated from country to city to follow their Rugby League dreams, a trek Ryan himself made back in the late 1990’s.
Ryan has played 213 NRL matches for the Bulldogs since 2003, with his list of career achievements including captaining the Bulldogs to the 2004 Premiership, 11 Test appearances for the Kangaroos, 12 State of Origin matches for NSW, and six Country Origin jerseys.
Now a married father of three, Ryan will bring down the curtain on his career in front of a stadium full of appreciative fans.
Will you be one of them? Tickets are available now through Ticketek on 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au.