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Season Review: #12 Josh Kennedy

Sydney Swans Media  October 11, 2017 10:16 AM

Players' player: Kennedy Hear from the Swans Captain Josh Kennedy on winning The Paul Kelly Players' Player Award.

In summation...

Leading through his actions, both on and off the field, Josh Kennedy took his standing to a new level in 2017 after having the captaincy thrust upon him at the start of the season.

The impact of the first-year captain in leading his side to become the first in history to make finals from a 0-6 start cannot be underestimated.

Kennedy was once again the clearance king this season working hard at the coalface of the contest to win the footy and send it to his side’s advantage, finishing the season with an average of 7 clearances a match.

He missed three games with a niggling hamstring injury during the season, giving the 29-year-old a different perspective on the game sitting alongside John Longmire in the coaches’ box.

The star midfielder returned in Round 22 after a two-game lay off to finish the season as strong as any against arguably the best midfield in the competition in Adelaide.

He was given the ultimate praise from his teammates at the Club Champion Dinner when he was awarded the Paul Kelly Players’ Player award as voted on by his peers.

What the numbers say...

Games: 21
Goals: 16
Kicks: 248
H’balls: 344
Disposals: 592
Clearances: 142
Marks: 52
Tackles: 103
Inside 50s: 84
AFL Fantasy: 1,862 (98.0 average)
Supercoach: 1,950 (102.6 average)

Best performance...

Round 8 v North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium
Kennedy was at his absolute best in the Swans' Round 8 win over North Melbourne, finishing with 37 disposals of which 17 were contested. He had nine clearances to go along with six tackles and a goal in a captain’s performance appreciated by all in attendance.

What they said...

“I am proud of the team and what they have achieved this year and happy that my efforts have been seen in good light by my teammates.”
- Josh Kennedy on being named the Players’ Player for 2017.

In pictures...

AFL 2017 Training - Sydney 230817
Some cross-training for Joey as a Sherrin to America's equivalent.

AFL 2017 Round 01 - Sydney v Port Adelaide
Kennedy leads the team out for the first time as captain in Round 1 at the SCG.

AFL 2017 Round 14 - Sydney v Essendon
Josh Kennedy breaks away from Essendon midfielders at the SCG.