By Sam Watson
IT WAS less than four years ago when former St Kilda forward Arryn Siposs signed with Wonthaggi Power as a playing assistant coach for the 2018 season.
Unfortunately, he would never pull on the black, white, and teal in the 2018 season, instead moving to Auburn University in Alabama to pursue a career as a punter in American football.
Before his punting aspirations, Siposs managed 28 games for the Saints after being drafted from the Dandenong Stingrays with the 75th selection in the 2010 AFL draft.
Originally from Beaconsfield, Siposs quickly became renowned for his thumping right boot, and he was able to earn a Rising Star nomination in 2012.
However, a string of injuries saw the Saints delist him at the end of the 2015 season, but he was able to keep his footy career alive after scoring a contract with Williamstown in the VFL.
Siposs was a clear standout for the Seagulls, but he also started to work with Nathan Chapman from Pro-Kick, an Australian program designed to help guide and transition Australian athletes to perform at college and/or NFL level.
After winning the VFL premiership with Williamstown, Siposs decided to move to Wonthaggi, making him one of the biggest signings in the club’s history.
But shortly after he signed for the Power, a scholarship offer came through from Auburn University and he was on a plane to the United States.
In his two years at the famous footballing university, Siposs punted 117 times in 26 games and then declared for the 2020 NFL Draft.
He was not picked up in the draft, but he was eventually signed by the Detroit Lions as a practice squad player.
In January, Siposs signed a reserve/future contract with the Philadelphia Eagles and by the time pre-season camp rolled around for the upcoming season, he was the only punter on the list.
On Wednesday, the Eagles confirmed Siposs’ inclusion in the squad, and he remains the only punter on the roster.
So, on Monday morning, Siposs will begin the season as the Eagles’ starting punter when they take on the Atlanta Falcons.
And there might be a few more people tuning in than there would’ve been for his debut in the Gippsland League.