Saint Arryn Siposs Inspires


Junior footballers seeking inspiration after being overlooked by their regional TAC Cup side need look no further than young Saint and NAB Rising Star nominee Arryn Siposs.

Whilst many players are absorbed into the TAC Cup system around the age of 15, Siposs’ talents went somewhat under the radar until a string of quality performances at the lower levels forced his way into the Dandenong Stingrays development group at the age of 17.

A late developer, the 19-year-old was scooped up after booting 99 goals for the Beaconsfield under 16’s, and former coach Greg Dooley was the one to give him his chance.

“I didn’t do much to develop him. He was a great talent. He just needed his chance to get on the Stingrays list,” Greg said on Tuesday afternoon at the Beaconsfield Football Club.

“When he kicked 99 goals for us, Stingrays gave him a pre-season and then he proved himself and got off from there.”

Greg believes Arryn is a great ambassador for junior football, and displays exactly what hard work and persistence can do; made evident by his consistent VFL performances for Sandringham earning him his opportunities this season for the Saints.

“We’re really proud of him and he’s a great ambassador of the footy club and all junior football.”

“Some boys are in Stingrays from under 14, Arryn was never there until pre-season of under 18’s so it wasn’t easy but I think his footy improved a lot.”

Greg revealed Arryn was also a talented cricketer, however his choice to pursue football has paid off for the young gun, who earned his NAB Rising Star nomination after a 17-disposal performance in the Saints 71-point win over Essendon in round 15.

“He was a good cricketer too so it was sort of a big decision on what he was going to do. He’s a great leader and he was vice-captain of the under 16s.”

“Everyone from Beaconsfield is wrapped for him. We know how hard he worked. It’s a big night when he plays footy on TV at home.”

Arryn still keeps in touch with his former coach, and it appears he is always in the forefront of Greg’s mind.

“I’m really proud. I cop a lot of flak at home because my wife says ‘there’s more than one player out there’.”

Greg Dooley is now a Development Coach of all junior players at the Beaconsfield Junior Football Club.