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ATTACKING MIDFIELDER RYAN HARLEY rejoined Exeter City on loan from Swindon Town in November 2014, having previously been on the books at St James Park between 2007 and 2011.
Bristolian Harley began his career with hometown club Bristol City, where he came through their academy system, but only made three first-team appearances during three seasons as a professional.
He was signed by Weston-super-Mare in October 2006, but returned to full-time football when he signed for the Grecians just over a year later. During four years with Exeter, he netted some critical goals – including Exeter’s first in Conference play-off semi-final comeback against local rivals Torquay en route to Wembley and promotion in 2008, both goals in a 2-0 win against Leeds United at St James Park, and an 82nd-minute goal on the final day of the 2009/10 season to keep City in League 1 for another season.
Harley was signed by Swansea in January 2011 and loaned back to Exeter for the remainder of the season. He was then signed by Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer without an appearance for the Swans, and was loaned to MK Dons for the second half of the 2012/13 season. The midfielder joined Swindon at the end of that campaign, and after spending some time training back at the Cat & Fiddle with Exeter, rejoined the club on loan.
He scored five goals in the 2015/16 season - the first two came in away visits to Dagenham & Redbridge
and AFC Wimbledon
, before a third in the home JPT win over Portsmouth
. The picks of the bunch, though, were the brace he scored at Home Park to hand the Grecians the bragging rights over Plymouth Argyle in the Devon derby