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|
|Western Sydney Wanderers|
|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)|
|2017–||Western Sydney Wanderers||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 February 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 February 2013
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 27 February 2012 he signed a two-year contract extension with Newcastle Jets rejecting interest for both rival A-League club and clubs abroad.
At Baxy, Griffiths started prolifically, scoring 4 in his first 6 and was determined to make an impact for his second Beijing club 
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.
With Beijing Guoan:
Club statistics (Hong Kong)
- As of 18 January 2017
|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|
|South China||2016–17||Premier League||6||0||0||0||1||0||N/A||N/A||0||0||0||0||2||0||9||0|
- 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.
- Lewis, Dave (27 January 2017). "EXCLUSIVE: Wanderers land Griffiths to bolster attacking stocks". The World Game. SBS.
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