Philadelphia Waterdogs extend midfielders Ryan Conrad and Jack Hannah

By Wyatt Miller | Mar 11, 2024

In the past two days, midfielders Ryan Conrad and Jack Hannah have both signed extensions with the Philadelphia Waterdogs through 2025 and 2026, respectively.

Interim general manager Andy Copelan continues to lock up the Waterdogs’ young talent, building a stable core of playmakers for his successor. The Dogs have now finalized three long-term extensions this week, after Michael Sowers was signed through 2026 on Tuesday. 

Conrad’s winning experience is something Copelan has always valued. Early on, they even talked about the details of his Virginia teams that had such winning cultures, and he’s now won multiple titles with Team USA. The two-way middie is known for being clutch, and Copelan has trusted him implicitly in big games because of it. 

Conrad is a day-one Waterdog and has combined for 44 points over the last two seasons (including playoffs). He was a massive part of the team’s championship run in 2022, scoring nine points in three playoff games capped off by a hat trick in the championship both last year and this year.

Hannah, meanwhile, brings elite shot creation and athleticism to the offensive side. His quick-twitch movements and seamless chemistry with longtime teammate Ethan Walker have given him instant success and a slew of highlights in his first two seasons of pro ball. 

The former Denver Pioneer scored 19 points in seven games last season. After missing three weeks due to injury, Hannah exploded onto the scene with six points in his return, leading the Waterdogs to a three-point win over the Whipsnakes on 44.4% shooting. 

“He just puts so much pressure on a defense when you see him screaming out of the box, the defense kind of gets on their heels,” Copelan said of Hannah after his debut.

Hannah wasn’t available for the Championship Series last month, but Conrad essentially never left the field during sixes. His physicality makes him a threat anywhere on the field, and he’ll continue to leave a trail of broken sticks in his wake with the Waterdogs.