And the Worcester Director of Rugby insists Sixways is the perfect destination for young players to develop.
He said: "There are opportunities here and that's something we want to promote. For a long time it's been difficult to be a youngster here but that has changed.
"The LV= Cup is a fantastic tournament as a stepping stone. It takes some of the spotlight off and it gives an opportunity for some of the young lads to express themselves, which is great for the club.
"The Premiership has been tough for us in the opening games so we're looking for different options and we won't be afraid to use them."
Academy backs Ben Howard and Max Stelling will be hoping to be involved for a second consecutive week when the LV= Cup returns to Sixways for the first time since last season's final.
And Ryan has paid tribute to both of them after impressing in last Friday's victory over Cardiff Blues.
He continued: "Ben has played in the Amlin and the LV=. With Chris Pennell dominating in the Premiership, it has been nice to develop the talented youngster that is Ben Howard.
"Max is growing in confidence. He did well against Cardiff and showed good shape and understanding. He has developed as a player and that is also true of a lot of the other young lads."
With youngsters such as Andrew Boyce, Jack Cosgrove and George de Cothi also on the fringes, boss Ryan admits it is important for academy players to get match action.
He added: "We've had a pretty hefty A League programme and we've been utilising young players in the cup competitions.
"After Christmas we will look at the situation to see how we can best manage their pathway for the rest of the season.
"We'll make an assessment of whether that will be in the Premiership. At that age we need them developing so it is essential they are playing matches."