Striker Ryan agrees terms
18th May 2016
Airdrieonians FC are tonight delighted to announce we have agreed terms with highly-rated striker Andy Ryan in a deal that will keep him at the Club until May 2018.
The former Hamilton Accies hitman went through a medical at our Ravenscraig training base before pledging his future to the Diamonds.
And after a tour of the complex he sat down to tell airdriefc.com: “This is a great club and a well-run club and I am back playing full-time football which has been my goal since I left Hamilton Accies.
“My spell at Forfar in the last five months of this season was always about getting game time again and I feel the nine goals I scored in 16 games justified going there.”
Andy played together with new Diamonds’ first-team coach Kevin McBride when Barra was at Accies.
And he revealed: “My talks with Kevin have been a big part of me signing, I knew he was being promoted as first-team coach and he has spoken so well of the plans and the people here.
“I was so impressed when I met him and the chairman Tom Wotherspoon and I remember how big an influence Kevin was on the younger players at Accies when he was there, he was always trying to help us.”
Andy had trained at Ravenscraig in the past but was knocked out by his tour of the strength and conditioning area, the Diamonds’ team rooms and the analysis suite.
He smiled: “Looking round Ravenscraig tonight was a huge boost, what a place this will be to come to your work every day!
“I am buzzing and I am raring to go. I have had a taste of League One and I have the lumps and bruises to prove it.
“I welcome that side of the game but I know we will be looking to get the ball down and play and I am looking forward to that.”
Andy’s goals at Forfar confirmed his promise as a striker on the rise and the Club are delighted he will now look to fulfil that in a Diamonds shirt.
He reflected: “When I left full-time football it was a massive change. Football had been my life since I was 15 then all of a sudden you are part-time.
“I was desperate to get that life back and that was a huge factor in coming here to be honest.
“I know the ambitions the club have and I just want to be a first-choice striker and get on the goal trail as early as possible. That’s my aim for the Airdrieonians fans.”
Andy’s arrival comes after the departures of Jamie Bain, Sean Crighton, Alan Lithgow, Jordan Morton, Caolan McAleer and Nicky Cadden.
The Club has been working hard behind the scenes and we will announce more signing news at 10am tomorrow morning as the squad-building process continues ahead of the start of pre-season training at Ravenscraig on Thursday June 9.