Ryan Griffiths (footballer)
Griffiths playing for Newcastle Jets in 2012
|Full name||Ryan Alan Griffiths|
|Date of birth||21 August 1981|
|Place of birth||Sydney, Australia|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Left Winger, Striker|
|2002–2004||Newcastle United Jets||52||(25)|
|2007–2008||→ Liaoning (loan)||36||(11)|
|2009||→ Beijing Guoan (loan)||27||(10)|
|2011–2013||Newcastle United Jets||56||(19)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 May 2016.
Griffiths Began his professional career at the bright age of 17 scoring 4 goals in his first 10 appearances for Northern Spirit. He then attracted interest from other Australian clubs and decided to sign for Newcastle United Jets for 2 years with his old youth team coach Ian Crook and Gary van Egmond. His performances at the club granted him a call up to the Olyroos Australian Olympic games team where he went on to play in the 2004 Athens Olympics. He then attracted attention from English clubs and was about to put pen to paper with Stoke City. Unfortunately he could not sign with the club due to not having the right credentials and family background status to live and work in the UK. Griffiths got picked up by National Bucharest in the Romanian Divizia A where he played for 2 seasons and attracted offers from some eastern European Giants.
Griffiths decided to sign for Rapid Bucureşti for 4.1 million Rupees transfer fee.
On 18 March 2007, Ryan scored his first goal for Liaoning in the 32nd minute, giving his team a 1-0 win over Shenyang Jinde. Griffiths went on to produce several notable performances for the Chinese Super League side.He went back to China and at the end of 2008 season he left Liaoning for Beijing Guoan.
On 18 November 2010 Griffiths signed an 18-month deal with A-League club Newcastle Jets starting January 2011. On the opening day of the 2011–12 A-League season he scored a brace, allowing the Jets to win the game 3-2 over Melbourne Heart in Newcastle.
On 26 February 2013 Griffiths was granted a release from the club to return to China and sign with Beijing Baxy.
On 8 January 2014, Griffiths returned to the A-League, signing with Adelaide United. After only two-months and four appearances Griffiths left Adelaide United to sign for Sarawak, whom he was linked with earlier in the year before signing for Adelaide United.
His third cap for Australia came in a 3-1 loss friendly against Denmark when he again was used off the bench to have significant effect on the game.
Fourth cap game in June 2007, in a friendly rematch against Uruguay, when he came on as a substitute in the 55th minute. The game ended in a 2-1 loss.
His latest appearance for the Socceroos was in 2008 in a friendly game against Singapore, when he came on as a substitute. The game ended in a 0-0 draw.
His two brothers, twins Joel and Adam, are also professional footballers. His twin brothers are born on the same day as him (21 August).
With Beijing Guoan:
Club statistics (Hong Kong)
- As of 25 May 2016
|Club||Season||League||Premier League||Season Play-off||Senior Shield||League Cup||FA Cup||Sapling Cup||AFC Cup||Total|
|South China||2015–16||Premier League||8||4||1||1||0||0||3||1||0||0||3||2||6||3||21||11|
- Griffiths set to be final signing
- Hassett, Sebastian (8 October 2011). "Jets rise above turmoil in Heart-stopping victory". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
- "A-League: Ryan Griffiths signs for Adelaide United". WAtoday. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
- "Ryan Griffiths leaves Adelaide United for Malaysia". sbnation.com. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
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