Name: Arryn Siposs
Club: St. Kilda
Value DreamTeam: $325,000
Value SuperCoach: $316,600
Now entering that magical third season where players seem to finally develop as professional athletes, Siposs is a contender for a breakout season.
As a junior Siposs was renowned for his goal kicking ability. In the U16s for Beaconsfield in the Mornington Peninsula Football League he kicked 99 goals in a season. However it was his performance against Wondonga who had seven Murray Bushrangers U18 representatives, playing school footy where he kicked eight goals that propelled him into the Dandenong Stingrays.
His form continued in the TAC Cup where he kicked 34 goals to finish 5th overall on the goal scoring tally.
At the AFL NAB Combine, Siposs was unable to undertake testing due to torn cartilage in his hip. For a player who came into the traditional recruiting system late, the injury was enough to scare off clubs, who just did not have enough intel on Siposs to safely select him. This allowed the Saints to pick up a real gem at Pick 75 in the National Draft.
Last season Siposs was rewarded with a NAB rising star nomination for his Round 15 performance against Essendon.
Reports coming from the Saints indicate Siposs is being trained to fill the role vacated by Brendon Goddard. He is only 1cm shorter than Goddard, but also is a very strong contested mark for a player of 188cm. Siposs knows how to position his body between the ball and the defender to get in the right position. An attribute that can be used anywhere on the field. Siposs has a tremendous shot for goal and with an increased fitness base at AFL level could be a real star in Goddards role.
At VFL level last season Siposs played on a wing, increasing his experience up the ground and increasing his aerobic capabilities averaging 17 possessions with 5 inside 50’s and 4 rebound 50’s per game.
The similarities to Tom Rockliff do not go unnoticed, both players who were low in the draft, both played as undersized key forwards and both have terrific marking capabilities. Could Siposs be the 2013 Tom Rockliff?
Siposs is an intriguing selection. Starting as the Sub in 3 games and being subbed in one other, Siposs still managed to average 63.1 ppg in 11 games. However when you take away his substitute games he managed to score over 76 in 5 of the 7 games at an average of 80.1 ppg that included two scores of 100 or more.
HE is unproven in the Goddard role. He is young and after playing half the season in the seniors last season he is priced at $325,000 making him a mid-priced player.
The Strong Tip
Watch his NAB Cup form and see where he is played. If he is positioned on a Half Back Flank , lock him in straight away, he could be the bargain buy of the year.
Potential Average 70 (DT-SC)
Preseason scores of 37, 45, 45 and 50 DreamTeam points at a rate of 51 points per 100 minutes is not overly impressive. Job security looks good with a team high 346 minutes spent on the field this preseason.
St Kilda debutant has the golden boot By Sam Landsberger