Ricky Dyson

28 September 1985
2003 NAB AFL Draft Pick No. 44
2004 AFL Debut
2009 Most Imparoved Player (Essendon FC)

Originally from Epping, Ricky was recruited late in the 2003 AFL Draft and has been quite the revelation for Essendon. Ricky made a big impression as a midfielder in his debut season in 2004, but really made his mark in the AFL in the later part of 2005 where he played the last 8 games of the year.

After playing just 11 games in 2007, Ricky had a much better run with 15 games in 2008, although his season was interrupted by appendix surgery.

Dyson exceeded the expectations of many in 2009 and finished the season playing 23 games, including playing in the Elimination Final against Adelaide. He cemented himself a place in the Bomber's engine room and became a real contributor throughout the season. Topping off a great season, Ricky finished seventh in the Clubs' Best and Fairest and was also awarded the Most Improved Player.

In season 2010, Ricky struggled with injuries throughout the year and only managed to string together 9 games. Ricky did however show signs of brilliance early in the season, having 28 disposals against Carlton in their round 3 win. His wait for a call-up to the seniors again was a protracted one until he was selected to play against Richmond in Round 16, 11 months after his previous senior appearance.

He played his 100th AFL game in Round 19 against Collingwood at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Dyson was primarily used in 2011 as a running defender who would rotate through the midfield.

Ricky has shown that he has a good head on his shoulders, with very good decision making skills, as well as a strong left foot. He also possesses very good balance and a willingness to run. He is emerging as a key midfielder and Essendon will be looking forward to his progress in the next few years.