Major milestone in sight as fearless Swan pens new deal

Champion Sydney midfielder Josh Kennedy is on track to join the 300-game club after penning a new one-year deal with the Swans, tying himself to the club until the end of 2022.

The Sydney co-captain has played 270 AFL games and, if he features in every one of the Swans’ remaining 2021 regular-season matches, he’ll head into his 2022 campaign with another 20 games to reach the major milestone.

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Bolstering Kennedy’s chances of becoming just the fifth triple centurion in Swans history is the fact that Sydney are highly likely to make a return to finals footy this season. Coach John Longmire’s men are placed sixth on the ladder on 32 competition points after the opening 12 rounds of their 2021 campaign.

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Adam Goodes (372 games), Jude Bolton (325), Jarrad McVeigh (325) and Michael O’Loughlin (303) are the only members of the Swans’ 300-match club.

Kennedy has compiled a glittering resume since switching from Hawthorn to Sydney after season 2009, winning a premiership with the Swans in 2012, claiming three club champion awards, becoming a three-time All Australian and finishing third in the 2014 and 2017 Brownlow Medal counts.

“Walking into the club feels like I am walking in the front door of home and it’s something special and I don’t think that will ever change,” Kennedy told sydneyswans.com.au.

The fresh deal of the inspirational Swan, who’s set to turn 33 this month, will see him continue to guide the club’s exciting crop of youngsters.

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“I’m really excited about the group we have at the moment and where we can go,” Kennedy said.  

“They are a really young, talented and enthusiastic group and I am enjoying getting out there and competing with them each week.  

“One of my major goals is to get us back up to competing for finals and if I can be around long enough for that to happen that would make me very proud.”

Kennedy shares the Swans’ co-captaincy with midfielder Luke Parker and defender Dane Rampe.

The Swans will face the Hawks at the SCG on Friday night.

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