Date of birth: March 5 1993
Status: Young professional
A real Academy success story, Ryan started with Boro as a youngster but took some time out at Under-12 and Under-13 level to develop. He returned to join the Under-14s and developed very quickly into an excellent technical player.
Hartlepool-born Ryan is an influential figure wherever he plays across the midfield. He has the option of representing England, the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. He has already been on training camps with both Irish teams and his last report from his Northern Ireland coaches was very, very positive.
His continued progress was rewarded with a three-year pro contract in May 2011, taking him through to the summer of 2014.
Ryan was loaned to League Two York City in September 2013.