Sydney Swans co-Captain Josh Kennedy is in his 14th pre-season campaign and is excited for another as he leads the next generation of Swans into the 2021 season.
The 32-year old is just one of four players over 30 years of age on the Swans list (Lance Franklin, Dane Rampe and Callum Sinclair the other three) and the bull midfielder says he is ready to go again.
“You assess at the end of the year and try and see what you can improve on as an individual and as a team and then after two months off the hunger is certainly still there and you're ready to go again,” Kennedy told RSN Breakfast Club on Tuesday morning.
“As long as I'm still in it and my body feels good, I’m absolutely giving 110%.”
Kennedy said he is extremely excited by the young players around him at the club and their willingness to work hard and take the next steps to improve.
“I can only speak on behalf of the last 12 years I have been at Sydney where we have been relatively experienced, but yes it is an exciting group we have,” Kennedy said when asked about the talented youngsters at the Swans.
“The foundations are there for a strong period ahead but that’s all talk and the hard work and implementation has to be done.”
Kennedy suffered a knee injury in Round 6 of the 2020 season which left him sidelined for a chunk of the season and the likes of James Rowbottom, Ollie Florent and Nick Blakey all joined the experienced Luke Parker in the midfield, for valuable minutes.
“Rowy has really cemented himself in there and Nick will step up and play more minutes,” Kennedy said.
“Draftee Braeden Campbell looks like he will have a pretty immediate impact in the midfield or half forward/half back and Callum Mills is spending a bit more time in the preseason in the midfield so to be able to get as many numbers through there as possible is something we are working on.”
Kennedy said that despite just the five wins in season 2020, there were plenty of positives to take out of the ‘different’ season but it was now time for the young Swans to take the next step.
“Apart from a couple of games, we were competitive in most games. Our next step is to close that gap.
“We need to be on the right side of the games and winning them. I'm looking forward to continuing through this preseason and seeing how we can all gel together.”