Attacking midfielder Ryan Harley rejoined Exeter City on loan from Swindon Town in November 2014, having previously been on the books at St James Park between 2007 and 2011.
Ryan began his career with hometown club Bristol City, where he came through their academy system, but only made three first-team appearances during three seasons as a professional at Ashton Gate. He was signed by Weston-super-Mare in October 2006, but returned to full-time football when he joined Exeter City in January 2008.
During four years with Exeter, he netted some critical goals – including City’s first in a Conference play-off semi-final comeback against local rivals Torquay as they won promotion in 2008, both goals in a 2-0 win against Leeds United at St James Park in 2010, and an 82nd-minute goal on the final day of that same season against Huddersfield to keep City in League One.
Ryan was signed by Swansea City in January 2011 and loaned back to Exeter for the remainder of the season. He was then signed by Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer without an appearance for the Swans and was loaned to MK Dons for the second half of the 2012/13 campaign.
The midfielder joined Swindon Town at the end of that campaign, and after spending some time training back at Exeter, he rejoined the club on loan initially and then on a permanent basis. He scored five goals in the 2105/16 season, including a double against Plymouth Argyle in a 2-1 victory for the Grecians at Home Park.
Ryan made another significant contribution during the 2016/17 campaign – despite his season being hampered by a hip injury which ruled him out for much of the autumn. He bagged seven goals in total, including a fine brace against Leyton Orient in January and a goal as City beat Carlisle United in the semi-finals of the League Two play-offs.
After another loss at Wembley in the League 2 play off final against Coventry City, Ryan joined former manager Paul Tisdale at Milton Keynes on a free transfer.
After being released by MK, he signed for Bath City in October 2020 and also to assist with coaching, leaving them by mutual consent in November 2021.
In early December 2021, Frome Town wrote the following
"We are delighted to announce the signing of Ryan Harley from Bath City, as the 36 year old midfielder joins the Robins. Ryan joined the team ahead of yesterday's match against Willand Rovers."
In June 2022, Notts County announced:- "We have appointed Luke Williams as our new head coach. Williams, 41, who arrives alongside assistant Ryan Harley...RYAN is relishing the challenge at Notts County after becoming assistant manager".