Junior Clubs: East Sandringham
Recruited from: Sandringham U18/Hawthorn
Brownlow Votes: 47
Stamped himself as one of the Swans’ best of the modern era by winning a second best and fairest last year and continuing his amazing run of form since making the move from Hawthorn for the 2010 season. Kennedy has never finished lower than third in the Bob Skilton Medal while becoming the League’s best contested ball-winner. Led the AFL for contested possessions, stoppages and clearances in 2015, racked up more than 30 disposals 15 times and was the highest-polling Swan in the Brownlow Medal with 25 votes, yet missed All-Australian selection. Set a competition record when he had 11 successive games of 30 touches or more that was broken only by a 28-possession effort in the Swans’ losing semi-final against North Melbourne. Kennedy’s 39 disposals – 16 of them in the third quarter – in the loss to Fremantle in last year’s qualifying final was one of the great finals performances and he is arguably the club’s most influential player.
Previous AFL club: (Hawthorn 2008-09: 13 games, 1 goal).
Draft history: 2006 NAB AFL Draft 3rd round father-son selection (Hawthorn) No. 40 overall; 2009 NAB AFL Draft traded by Hawthorn for No. 39 (Sam Grimley).