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Cripps reflects ahead of milestone

Cripps ahead of game 100 Patrick Cripps spoke to media on Tuesday morning about his upcoming milestone.

PATRICK Cripps remembers the day he walked into Ikon Park like it was yesterday.

Six years at Carlton has flown by for the star midfielder and co-captain as he approaches his 100th game against St Kilda this Saturday.

Speaking to media on Tuesday morning, Cripps reflected on the journey so far — from his first days at the club to today.

“I remember the day I go drafted, I had three days back and then I was on a plane,” Cripps said.

“I still remember the first bike session. Day one I went in and thought ‘geez, it’s a bit harder than what I thought’.”

 

Arriving at Carlton the No. 13 pick in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft, Cripps has gone from strength to strength in his first 100 outings.

The two-time John Nicholls Medallist and 2018 All-Australian midfielder has reached new heights in 2019 in his first season as co-captain.

“It does go quick though: this is my sixth year at the Club now and I still remember my first year really clearly,” he said.

“But when you’re in the football industry where it’s so structured and there’s a lot of routine, time does fly.”

 

Missing only two games in 2019, Cripps has garnered plenty of praise for his midfield efforts – he is currently averaging 8.4 clearances and 17 contested possessions a match.

But the Blues skipper stopped short of saying he was in career-best form, believing his best football is still ahead of him.

“I think my best footy is ahead of me and I think as a team, our best footy is really ahead of us too,” he said.

“I think that just combined with the natural growth of our team, I think we’ve got a lot of young talent and as players we’ve got to play together.

“So your performance is only going to improve when you play together for a long time and you’ve got a lot of talented players around you.”