VFL star Nick Rippon says he hopes to be given an opportunity with the Bombers as a top-up player following the bans handed down to 12 active Essendon players.

"It's (an AFL opportunity) something I've been working so hard towards for the last four years or so," Rippon said.

"Any chance that I can get to put my name up in lights, I'm going to try to do it.

"They are unfortunate circumstances but it would be a great opportunity, and I want everyone to know that I want that opportunity."