Ryan started playing in 2002 for Manchester Storm and with the clubs early season demise he stayed over here in the hope that he would be able to pick up a new club. During this time he was living off his savings as he, and his team-mates, had not been paid for five weeks. Unfortunately, he suffered appendicitis and had to undergo an emergency operation. After the operation he decided to go back home to Canada with his girlfriend to recuperate at his parents home. When he was told that he would not be allowed to fly home for two weeks as his savings had run out, the Fund were able to step in and provide him with financial support.