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Patrick Cripps
#9   Carlton Blues
Age: 23yr 8mth    Games: 81     Born: March 18, 1995    
Height: 195cm     Weight: 93kg     Position: Midfield
Last Drafted: Round 1, Pick #13 2013 National Draft by Carlton Blues
Supercoach Price: $595,300   Supercoach Profile
AFL Fantasy Price: $765,000   AFL Fantasy Profile
Contract Status: RFA at the end of 2021   AFL Player Contracts
 
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Patrick Cripps Biography

Wednesday, 5 December 2018
Patrick Cripps sought meetings with several figures outside the club, including Brisbane premiership player Jonathan Brown, since being named the new co-captain of Carlton.

"I've caught up with a few external people," Cripps said.

"With leadership, you've got your own unique style. You take parts from different people you talk to, but the best advice is to just be yourself and create your own leadership."

Friday, 5 October 2018
Carlton appoints dual skippers for first time in club history, confirming that Patrick Cripps and Sam Docherty will take the mantle in 2019.

They will assume the role from Marc Murphy, who has stepped down from the position after leading Carlton as its sole captain for the last six years.

"When you think about being named captain of the club, it's probably something you could never really dream of. It’s surreal, but a huge honour," Cripps said.

"I try and lead by my actions and I really believe that leadership is something you can’t master, but you always try to improve. So the biggest lesson I learnt this year in that stand-in role was to lead by being true to yourself."

Docherty will co-lead the side despite having sat out for the entire 2018 season as he recovered from an ACL injury.

"Both Crippa and I have sat down and had really honest chats about how we’re going to take this group forward together," Docherty said.

"Despite our various differences in personality and approaches to leadership, we complement each other well and the main thing for us is our common goal to take this club back to sustained success."

Patrick Cripps caps a career-best 2018 season with his second John Nicholls Medal, dominating the club's best and fairest count at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Veteran defender Kade Simpson polled 108 votes in second, while Ed Curnow and Charlie Curnow tied for third spot with 98 votes each.

Saturday, 25 August 2018
Patrick Cripps sets the record for the most contested possessions in a season against Adelaide at Etihad Stadium.

Needing 23 to overtake Patrick Dangerfield's record of 385 from 2017, Cripps willed himself to 24, finishing with 37 disposals and a stunning 18 clearances along the way.

Saturday, 28 July 2018
David Swallow is ruled out for the rest of the Sun's clash against Carlton after a heavy Patrick Cripps tackle at Metricon Stadium.

Swallow copped the full weight of the Carlton midfielder after disposing of the ball and had to be helped off by a number of Suns trainers.

Play had to be momentarily stopped while Swallow was groggily helped from the field.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018
Patrick Cripps signs a two-year deal with Carlton to remain at the club until the end of 2021.

"This club is a second home to me and the friends I’ve made at Carlton are like family, so I never had any intention to leave," Cripps said.

"The support the club has given me since I arrived has been exceptional and I want to repay the belief they’ve shown in me over the past five years."

Friday, 16 February 2018
Carlton coach Brendon Bolton says he plans to use Patrick Cripps more up forward in 2018.

"I think his next level will be being able to mark the ball and hurt (the opposition) on the scoreboard moving forward. That won't be just a quick fix, that will be a gradual improvement but I think that will be his next evolution," Bolton said of Cripps.

"When you stand next to him, you realise how big he is for a midfielder – he's key-position size. So if he can keep learning that craft up forward working with David Teague that just adds another part to his game."

Wednesday, 31 January 2018
Marc Murphy will skipper the Blues for a sixth consecutive season in 2018.

Patrick Cripps and Sam Docherty are Murphy's new deputies in an eight-man leadership group including Kade Simpson, Ed Curnow and fresh faces Matthew Kreuzer, Alex Silvagni and Lachie Plowman.

Thursday, 21 December 2017
Patrick Cripps says he wants to have a higher impact as a forward in 2018.

"I want to get forward (next) year, and as a side we can become a lot more flexible with the make-up of the team," Cripps said.

"We have a lot of young talent we have to get into the midfield, so I've been working hard on my forward craft."

Monday, 10 July 2017
Patrick Cripps will miss the rest of the season with a fractured fibula.

Cripps copped an accidental kick to the back of his left leg when he attempted to smother Melbourne defender Jayden Hunt during the Blues' clash against the Demons at the MCG.

Scans revealed he had suffered a fractured fibula but would not require surgery.

"It would usually be approximately a six-week injury which, given the timing, takes us through to the end of the season," Carlton football chief Andrew McKay said.

"It's obviously very disappointing for both Patrick and the club, but he will make a full recovery well before the start of the 2018 pre-season campaign."

Saturday, 15 April 2017
Carlton expects Patrick Cripps to face Port Adelaide next week despite the star midfielder playing sore in the Blues' loss to Gold Coast.

The best and fairest winner looked hampered at stages in his team's 26-point defeat, but still managed to gather 17 disposals and nine tackles through the midfield.

"He toughed the game out and worked for us in and around congestion, but he's a little bit sore," Carlton coach Brendon Bolton said.

"I think he got a couple of big hits in and around the upper body. He battled on, he's a soldier. You've got to respect him.

"I think he'll play [next week], he's just sore. He's a guy who plays contested possession footy [but] I'm pretty sure he'll get up."

Tuesday, 4 April 2017
Jordan Lewis accepts a three-match ban for striking Blue Patrick Cripps.

"A bit disappointed in myself, and we've sort of dealt with it," Lewis said of his suspension.

"It's probably disappointing from a club point of view that, as a leader, you're not really setting the right example."

Monday, 3 April 2017
Patrick Cripps suffers a fractured jaw after being struck by Jordan Lewis behind play in the last quarter of the Eagles' clash with Carlton.

"Patrick had scans last night which confirmed a small hairline fracture in his jaw," Blues football manager Andrew McKay said.

"Given his jaw is stable and not displaced, we will assess him further over the coming days to determine whether he will be available to play this Sunday against the Bombers."

Lewis is offered a three-match suspension by the Match Review Panel who deemed him to have intentionally struck Cripps.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Patrick Cripps wants to join the ranks of Nat Fyfe and Patrick Dangerfield as a goal-kicking midfielder in his third season.

"If you look at the elite midfielders in the comp, they kick goals," Cripps said.

"I think if midfielders can start kicking goals that really hurts the opposition and definitely puts scoreboard pressure on them."

Wednesday, 8 February 2017
At the age of 30, Dennis Armfield has been added to Carlton's leadership group for the first time, taking the spot of the retired Andrew Walker.

Marc Murphy has retained the captaincy at the Blues with veteran defender Kade Simpson the vice-captain for the third year overall.

Patrick Cripps, Sam Docherty, Bryce Gibbs and Ed Curnow round out the seven-player leadership group.

"In 2016, we set about building leadership density across our list. This year, we are sticking to the roadmap and ensuring there is a consistent level of leadership across the board," Blues coach Brendon Bolton said.

"With only one change to our leadership group for 2017, we are building on the foundations that were set last season."

Thursday, 2 February 2017
Patrick Cripps' manager says Kane Cornes' suggestion that Cripps could be traded to Fremantle in a swap for Nat Fyfe is unfounded.

"There’s absolutely no truth in the rumour whatsoever," Cripps' manager Matt Bain said.

"Paddy has ambitions to be captain of the Carlton Football Club one day. He's signed on until 2019."

Sunday, 18 December 2016
Patrick Cripps is expected to be available for selection in round one of 2017 despite suffering a stress reaction in his lower back in late November.

"He'll be fine, I guarantee he'll be ready to go," Blues teammate Sam Docherty said.

"From the advice that I've got from people at the club and from him it seems like it's probably going to be a bit of a rest for now, but he'll be able to reload somewhere in January and obviously the games start in March, so we've got plenty of time."

Sunday, 21 August 2016
Carlton coach Brendon Bolton has praised the leadership of stars Bryce Gibbs and Patrick Cripps in 2016.

"They're carrying a fair load in there no doubt," Bolton said.

"We want to be a team in time, as we build our list, that has more depth in the midfield, so they've had to shoulder a fair burden. To their credit, they haven't taken a backward step.

"These guys have been in the midfield on their own grinding away and we need to continue to build depth in that area because it's hard to play four quarters every game of the year but they've kept fighting those lads, they've been good leaders."

Monday, 15 February 2016
Marc Murphy is reappointed as Carlton captain for 2016, but the Blues have overhauled their leadership group with the skipper and Bryce Gibbs the only survivors from the 2015 line-up.

In the new-look team, veteran Kade Simpson will take over as sole vice-captain from Murphy's 2015 joint deputies Bryce Gibbs and Michael Jamison.

Youngsters Patrick Cripps, 20, and Sam Docherty, 22, are among five additions to the 2016 group, as the Blues' next generation of leaders begins to emerge.

Hard-running midfielder Ed Curnow, 26, also joins the leadership team for the first time, while former members Simpson, 31, and Andrew Walker, 29, return after one-year absences.

Walker said Murphy had always loomed as the logical captaincy choice.

"After the tough year that we had and the amount of scrutiny that he copped I think the natural thing would have been for somebody to go into their shell," Walker said.

"But he has always stood up and really been at the forefront for the Carlton footy club. He copped a lot of scrutiny, but I think the way he was able to come out of it and the amount of confidence he's still got to lead the footy club is going to be great for us going forward."

Thursday, 4 February 2016
Patrick Cripps signs a three-year contract extension with Carlton to remain at the club until the end of 2019.

"I think we're definitely going down the right direction. Some of the young boys we've got in are very exciting talents," Cripps said.

"It will all come down to how hard we want to work as a group and as a team and also individuals. If we can work hard and fast-track our development, you never know how long it is going to take but hopefully by then we're competing for the premiership."

Thursday, 17 September 2015
Patrick Cripps has capped an outstanding season by winning Carlton's best and fairest award in a nail-biting count.

Cripps won the John Nicholls Medal with 68 votes, just one ahead of Blues captain Marc Murphy, with defender Zach Tuohy a further three votes behind in third.

Carlton football boss Andrew McKay said Cripps' best and fairest honour was a testament to his "relentless" work ethic and determination to improve.

"It's well documented that in the off-season he went away and hired his own running coach and returned at the end of pre-season fitter, stronger and with the kind of attitude that we just knew he would be in for a big year," McKay said.

"The way Patrick has gone about it, and the leadership he has shown along the way, makes him a real role model to the other young players in our team.

"We know he has a big future and we look forward to him wearing the navy blue jumper for a long time to come."

Wednesday, 9 September 2015
Jesse Hogan wins the 2015 NAB AFL Rising Star award.

Hogan polled 49 out of a possible 50 votes to win from Carlton's Patrick Cripps, who scored 41 votes whilst West Coast's Dom Sheed was third with 27.

In addition to the Ron Evans Medal, Hogan takes home a $20,000 investment portfolio from sponsor NAB.

Thursday, 27 August 2015
Andrew Walker has urged Carlton's youngsters to follow the lead of Patrick Cripps this off-season, with the second-year midfielder's dedication last summer behind his eye-catching rise.

"There was no doubt he was going to have a good year with the amount of work he put in during the off-season, the amount of questions he was asking of a lot of the senior players," Walker said.

"Our young players can have a look at the way Crippsy's gone about it and go away at the end of this year, and understand how important it is with your 10 weeks off, speak to him and have a look at what program he put in place for last year."

Sunday, 23 August 2015
Interim Blues coach John Barker believes Patrick Cripps has the NAB AFL Rising Star Award sewn up after another commanding best-afield performance against Melbourne.

The 20-year-old wasn't troubled by the close checking of Demons midfielder Bernie Vince in the Blues' 23-point win, leading the field with 26 disposals and eight clearances.

"Rising Star - absolutely," Barker said.

"He was tagged today by one of the premium run-with players of the competition and put a nice, sizeable gap on him a few times and did a great job.

"He's an exceptional talent. They're the sort of players that we look at for our fans and members that we need to build around, and grow that talent from underneath and provide some quality to allow us to go forward and be a good team."

Saturday, 8 August 2015
Carlton young gun Patrick Cripps deserves to win the NAB AFL Rising Star Award after yet another brilliant individual effort, according to his coach John Barker.

Cripps produced the best performance of his blossoming 19-game career against Collingwood on Saturday, winning a game-high 11 clearances, including six in a frantic fourth quarter, and 35 possessions.

He is ranked No.10 in the AFL for average contested possessions (13.1) and 15th for average clearances (6.1), with Barker certain he should become the Blues' first winner of the Rising Star award.

"Absolutely, but I haven't seen enough of the other Rising Star (nominees) to provide an unbiased opinion," Barker said after the Blues' 18-point loss to Collingwood.

"He's growing and he's learning and he's so strong in the contest. He's growing up really quickly and turning into a man.

"His ability to absorb pressure and absorb physicality and still get nice clean hands out to our players to advantage … he was enormous."

Sunday, 28 June 2015
After having just played 12 games, Patrick Cripps receives a hard tag by Gold Coast tagger Andrew Raines in Carlton's win against the Suns.

Cripps fought his way back from just three possessions in the opening term to win his match-up with 20 possessions (10 contested) and seven clearances.

"He gets educated on what that looks like, he gets to learn how to cope with that, and he starts to work out mechanisms on how to deal with those situations," Carlton caretaker coach John Barker said.

"I'm sure they will be coming thick and fast throughout his future."

Sunday, 21 June 2015
Patrick Cripps is averaging 23 disposals after nine games for the Blues so far in 2015 and says his form has surprised even himself.

"To be honest I didn't really expect to play like this," Cripps said.

"At the start of the year I just wanted to get a spot in the side. My goal was to play 10 games this season and already I've played nine.

"In the off-season I went away and tried to get fitter and quicker and it's paid off."

Monday, 27 April 2015
Patrick Cripps is named the round four NAB AFL Rising Star nominee after he played a leading role in the Blues' pressure-relieving first win over St Kilda on Anzac Day.

In just his sixth career match, the 20-year-old collected 33 touches – 23 contested – laid 11 crunching tackles, kicked his first goal and, true to his nickname 'The Extractor', won eight clearances.

Cripps says a post-season chat with Chris Judd has been the catalyst for his flying start to 2015.

Cripps played three senior matches last year, when a broken leg hampered his progress, but a post-season review with Judd opened his eyes about how he needed to get fitter and quicker to become an AFL regular.

Taking the dual Brownlow medallist's advice on board, the native West Australian returned home to the family farm near Northampton and went to work with West Coast's former sprint coach, Mark Neitz.

"He was my footy coach when I was about 14, so I rang him up and he was good to help. He was awesome," Cripps told AFL.com.au.

"In the off-season I cut back a bit on my weight – I dropped about three or four kilos – and tried to get my running power up.

"I did a bit of sprint training to try and change my body shape and get a bit quicker.

"I dropped a fair bit off my 2km time-trial. By the end of pre-season I was a fair way ahead of where I was the year before."

Saturday, 20 December 2014
Carlton youngster Patrick Cripps will wear the No.9 guernsey, made famous by Blues champion Ken Hunter, in 2015.

"I always wore nine in juniors growing up," Cripps said.

"I wore it back in the country for Northampton Junior Football Club, the old Rams.

"I won a few awards in the junior comp and you were pretty stoked when you won awards in them days."

Thursday, 4 December 2014
Patrick Cripps signs a two-year deal with Carlton that will keep him at the club until the end of 2017.

"I like where the club is heading, we've got a great young group now and it looks good for next year," Cripps said.

"As a young midfielder, it's obviously massive for me to be able to learn off 'Juddy' (Chris Judd), 'Murph' (Marc Murphy) and 'Gibbsy' (Bryce Gibbs). They're obviously first-class players.

"As a kid I grew up barracking for the Eagles and Juddy was my idol, so to learn off him and the other guys is just amazing and definitely fast-tracks my development as a player.

"And with someone like Juddy, you don't know how long he's got left, so you try and pick his brain as much as you can and get the most out of him."

Monday, 12 May 2014
Carlton's top draftee Patrick Cripps could be sidelined for up to a month after suffering a fractured fibula in the VFL.
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Carlton's top draft pick Patrick Cripps, nicknamed "The Extractor", says he doesn't mind being compared to Blues great Greg Williams.

"From what I've heard he (was) a sensational player. For my game style to be compared [with] him is an honour," Cripps said.

"I don't like to compare my game to really anyone – everyone's got different traits – but I'd love to watch a bit of his footage and try and learn things off it."

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