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Ryan Henshaw

Ryan joined Stortford in early November 2018 making his debut in a 1-0 home victory over AFC Hornchurch. Originally he was a long serving defender with AFC Sudbury who he first signed for as a 16 year-old in March 2010 and making his first team debut the following month. Altogether he wracked up 304 appearances for the Suffolk club netting 33 goals. As a youngster he also played for Cornard United and Witham Town and Ryan was also picked for the Essex under 18 representative team as well as having trials for the English under 18 Schools side. Ryan has also had short spells with Chelmsford City, Haverhill Rovers, Billericay Town, Braintree Town, Eastleigh and Welling United. Whilst with AFC Sudbury he helped them gain promotion into the Ryman Premier League by winning the Division 1 North Championship and that season, 2015/16, he was selected for that Division’s “Team of the Season”. Ryan was with Sudbury until June 2017 when he transferred to Heybridge Swifts and was an important part of the Essex side’s excellent run in the FA Cup in the 2017/18 season that saw them eventually go out at Exeter City in the 1st Round. That season also saw Ryan win the “Manager’s Player of the Year Award” as well as the “Players’ Player of the Year Award”. Also, at the League’s Award function in June 2018 he was selected in the Bostik North’s Team of the Year and a month earlier Ryan was selected for the prestigious Middlesex Wanderers touring side to the Turks and Caicos Islands. He notched his first Blues’ goal when scoring the only goal in the Boxing Day win over Harlow Town. Ryan had, by the end of last season, made 28 appearances and netted 3 goals for the Blues