Ryan Lloyd was born on 1st February 1994 and began his career with Port Vale.
Ryan made this way through the Youth Team setup at Vale Park, and eventually made his First Team debut by coming on as a substitute in Vale’s 7 – 2 victory over Morecambe back in 2011.
This helped to propel Lloyd to becoming one of the Football League’s hottest prospects – so much so that Championship side Fulham took him on a week’s trial shortly after he made his debut for the Valiants.
Vale secured promotion from League Two at the end of the 2012-13 season and whilst Lloyd did not experience that many starting appearances, he was a regular on the bench and would regularly come on to make an important contribution to their success.
After a short loan at Vale’s Staffordshire neighbours Tamworth, Ryan joined Steve Burr’s Chester City – again on loan, but this time for a much longer period.
During the 2015/16 season, Ryan made 22 league appearances for the Cestrians, and the following season he was rewarded with a full season’s loan move to the Deva Stadium.
By which time, Lloyd had fully adapted to life at National League level and this showed in his increasingly impressive performances.
Again, Lloyd became very much in demand and Chester’s National League rivals Southport offered £10,000 to take him to Haig Avenue at the start of 2017.
Although Valiants Chairman Norman Smurthwaite accepted the offer, Ryan preferred to stay at the Deva Stadium and see out the end of the 2016/17 with Chester.
He was virtually an ever present for the Cestrians, notching up 42 League appearances and weighing in with three goals in total – it was therefore somewhat of a surprise when he was released by our Cheshire neighbours during the summer of 2017, and John Askey was quick to seal the midfielder’s signature.
Lloyd made his debut in the opening league fixture of the 2017/2018 season, away to The Dragons of Wrexham and Ryan would go on to score some crucial strikes against Aldershot Town and Hartlepool United.
However it was his strike away at Maidenhead United in November 2017 that learnt him the Goal of the Season at the Player of the Year awards. Ryan collected the ball on the half-way line and hit a speculative shot that sailed over the Maidenhead keeper and will live long in the memory of those Silkmen supporters present at the game.
Ryan’s season was cut short in January 2018 due to injury, however he will be hoping to win his place back in the starting 11 as we get ready for our beloved blues historic return to the Football League.