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Ryan Harley is one of Exeter City’s best-loved players having achieved back-to-back promotions with the club in his first spell at St James Park.
The attacking midfielder Ryan rejoined City on loan from Swindon Town in November 2014, having previously been on the books at St James Park between 2007 and 2011.
He 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 at Ashton Gate.
He was signed by Weston-super-Mare in October 2006, but returned to full-time football when he joined City in January 2008.
During his first four years with Exeter, he netted some critical goals – including City’s first in a Conference play-off semi-final comeback against local rivals Torquay as they won promotion in 2008, both goals in a 2-0 win against Leeds United at St James Park in 2010, and an 82nd-minute goal on the final day of that same season against Huddersfield to keep City in League One.
Ryan was signed by Swansea City 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 campaign.
The midfielder joined Swindon Town at the end of that campaign and, after spending some time training back at Exeter, he rejoined the club on loan initially and then on a permanent basis.
He scored five goals in the 2015/16 season, including a double against Plymouth Argyle in a 2-1 victory for the Grecians at Home Park. Ryan has made 23 appearances for the Grecians this season.