Kennedy calls time
West Coast Eagles champion forward Josh Kennedy will play his final AFL match this Sunday against Adelaide, bringing the curtain down on a 292 game 715 game career.
The 34 year old announced his decision on Tuesday, ending a career that began with Carlton in 2006, having been drafted with pick 4 in the 2005 AFL Draft.
Kennedy was part of the infamous Chris Judd trade in 2007 that saw the Brownlow Medalist return to Victoria, the East Fremantle product returning home to play for the Eagles.
The full-forward has gone on to become one of West Coast's greatest ever players, kicking 704 goals for the club as a seven time leading goal kicker, two time Coleman Medalist and 2018 premiership player.
“It’s been a crazy journey," Kennedy said at a media press conference on Tuesday.
"“Mentally the drive is there, but body wise, it’s not there. The fuel gauge light has been flashing. It says I’ve got no K’s left. But maybe there’s 30 left in the tank for Sunday.”"
Kennedy has played 14 games this season, battling a knee injury for much of the season that has seen him rested for five matches, still able to kick 29 goals to lead the club's goal kicking tally along with Jack Darling.
The spearhead's final match will be on Sunday against the Crows, with the Eagles looking to break a five game losing streak.
“It’s going to be emotional, it will be surreal I think. To play at Optus, which is so fantastic. I’m going to relish every moment. I don’t care if I don’t get a kick, I’m just going to enjoy every one of those 120 minutes.
"“We’ll certainly have a crack and hopefully we get a win.”
IMAGE: The West Australian.