Season By Season
• Defender Ryan Harwood had to wait until Round Nine against the Saints for his first taste of Senior football in 2015.
• The 24-year-old had surgery in mid-February to address abdominal and groin pain and spent time playing for the Reserves in the NEAFL to regain match fitness.
• Indicative of the Lions’ bad run of luck with injury, Harwood was subbed out with concussion after receiving a heavy knock. It was the first of just three games for the Tasmanian this season, who struggled to find consistency after spending the bulk of 2015 on the sidelines with injury.
• When fully fit, Harwood is a damaging runner with creative and clean disposal, and, after signing a contract extension in August, will be keen to see more game time in 2016.
• With a regular position in the side's back six up for grabs, Harwood started the season slowly and played in just two of the team's first nine senior matches as he adapted to a new Senior Coach and new game style.
• He was recalled for the Lions' Round 11 match against Carlton at the Gabba, and went on to play a key role in each of the team's next 12 matches, before an ankle injury sidelined him for the final match of the season against Geelong at Simonds Stadium.
• He finished the season with 14 senior matches, taking his overall tally to 56, and averaged a career best 18.5 disposals.
• His finest performance was probably against West Coast in Round 17 at the Gabba, when he collected a season-high 28 disposals at an incredibly efficiency rate of 92%.
• He finished equal 14th in the Club Champion voting - which bettered his previous best finish of 18th from the previous year.
• After finishing the 2012 season on a high – playing the last 12 games of the year – Harwood had an interrupted pre-season campaign which put him on the back foot early.
• He failed to make a single appearance in the Lions’ premiership-winning pre-season campaign, and managed just one senior call-up in the Club’s opening nine games of the regular season.
• He returned to the side for the Lions’ Round 10 Friday night blockbuster against Collingwood and was one of the team’s best across half-back in an otherwise forgettable evening.
• He quickly established himself as part of the back six, and went on to play in 12 of the team’s final 13 matches – finishing 18th in the Club Champion award.
• Arguably Harwood's finest performance was against GWS in Round 21 when he collected a career-high 27 possessions.
• Despite being a pre-season standout, Harwood struggled to find a regular spot in the senior side during the first half of the 2012 season, playing in just four of the side’s first 10 matches.
• After being trialled across half-back in the Reserves, he was recalled after the team’s Bye and held his place in the Lions’ backline for the remainder of the season. In fact, he managed to string a personal-best 12 games together to finish the season.
• Harwood’s finest performance came against Melbourne in Round 14 at the Gabba, when he collected 29 disposals and took 12 marks in a breakthrough display.
• Despite a solid summer which saw him feature in two of the Lions' pre-season matches, Harwood managed just one senior game in the first half of the season.
• He was a regular performer with the Lions Reserves where he stood out with his impressive inside game. But the Club were keen to develop his outside skills and rotate him through a few different positions.
• He earned another senior call-up in Round 13 and three weeks later collected a career-high 22 disposals against Port Adelaide. But a quiet match against Geelong in Round 17 saw him relegated back to the Reserves.
• Harwood was one of a handful of young Lions players who re-committed to the Club late in the season by signing a two year extension on his contract.
• He finished his second season with a total of seven games (one more than his debut year) and averaged 13.8 disposals per match.
• Newcomer Ryan Harwood started his season in the Reserves and proved himself quickly to be a highly skilled, tough midfielder.
• He injured his ankle in round 1 for the Reserves against the NT Thunder and left the match on crutches. However, it wasn’t enough to take down the steely young gun and he returned for the reserves in round 3, throwing himself fearlessly into packs and showing no sign of weakness.
• Harwood regularly found himself to be amongst the best on ground, and he was rewarded for his consistency and attitude with a senior call-up to make his debut against Geelong in round 17, where he collected 18 disposals.
• Harwood remained on the senior side for the rest of the season and was consistent in the Lions’ midfield with three goals, 22 tackles and 87 disposals over these six games.