West Coast Eagles small forward Liam Ryan lodged an early contender for mark of the year with a stunning specky.

West Coast Eagles small forward Liam Ryan lodged an early contender for mark of the year when he launched for a stunning specky over Darcy Byrne-Jones during his side’s 37-point win against Port Adelaide.

The 179-centimetre livewire got his knee on the neck of the Port Adelaide backman and hauled down the ball in a play that left fans and footy legends in awe.

Liam Ryan

“He’s knocked his head on the moon,” Channel Seven commentator Hamish McLachlan said.

Western Bulldogs great Luke Darcy added: “I thought he’d gone too early.

“He just hung there. He’s so exciting.”

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Asked what goes through his mind during a high-flying moment, Ryan said he simply didn’t want to “stand around” and allow his opponent to get the better of him.

“I just jumped on the bloke’s head,” Ryan said after the match.

“I’m not going to stand around like a statue. I’ve got to do my thing.”

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