Ryan remains loyal to the pack

The Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs announced that Andrew Ryan has agreed to a new four-year contract that will see him stay at the club until the end of the 2008 season.

Ryan, 26, had an outstanding season in 2004 seeing him selected in the New South Wales State Of Origin team, captain the Bulldogs to Grand Final victory and take part in the Kangaroo Tour.

Ryan, born in Dubbo, made his NRL first grade debut in 2000 with Parramatta, before switching to the Bulldogs in 2002.

Ryan commented, ?I was wrapped to captain the team last year in the Grand Final and I?m extremely happy to secure my future with such a great club.?

Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes commented ?It?s a great boost to the club to have one of our senior players agree to probably play out his career with us. Andrew?s re-signing will be the first of many for the club over the next few months.?

Bulldogs CEO Malcolm Noad added, ?Andrew had a great year last year and has a very professional approach to the game. Our newer recruits will learn a lot from him about what it takes to be a professional player.?