Saint Arryn Siposs Steps Up – NAB Rising Star Round 15 2012

As much as we choose our idols, sometimes they choose us, as St Kilda youngster Arryn Siposs would attest.

As a young Saints fan, Siposs had an unlikely hero – Jason Cripps, who played just 60 games in seven seasons (1996-2002) in a career crippled by hamstring injuries.

Siposs – only the Saints’ fifth NAB AFL Rising Star nomination in the past nine seasons – became captivated with Cripps after the tough Saint visited his primary school.

Siposs couldn’t have chosen a more apt role model to draw inspiration from during the early trials of his own football career.

Many factors have also conspired against Siposs making the grade at AFL level but, like Cripps, he battled on and found a way.

In the Beaconsfield under-16s in the Mornington Peninsula league, he was good enough to kick 99 goals in a season, including a bag of 16.4, but initially wasn’t invited to train with the Dandenong Stingrays TAC Cup side.

When he got his chance with the Stingrays in 2010, Siposs slotted 34 goals in 15 games. Read more…