Ryan Papenhuyzen once again felt the highs and the lows of rugby league in 2023.
To much fanfare, Papenhuyzen made his highly anticipated return to football with Melbourne Storm’s HostPlus Cup feeder team, the Sunshine Coast Falcons.
After 384 days, the star fullback finally ran back onto the field, rounding out with three appearances up north. Quickly slotting back into his trademark point-scoring ways, the 25-year-old recorded 12 goals, one field goal and one try while with the Falcons.
After successful runs in the QRL and at training, the Dundas Shamrocks junior was set to make his NRL return.
Following a stint off the bench at AAMI Park, Papenhuyzen was back in the No. 1 jersey in Round 27 where he scored a thrilling try, four goals, one try-assist and six tackle-breaks.
Unfortunately, the excitement was short-lived. Once again named on the interchange, the back took to the field Storm’s Semi-Final clash against the Broncos where he went on to fracture his right ankle and was subsequently taken by medicab from the field.
No stranger to setbacks, Papenhuyzen is sure to persevere for yet another impressive comeback in season 2024.