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EXCLUSIVE: Where does JK rank among Eagles greats?

Gareth Parker
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Veteran Eagles spearhead Josh Kennedy has announced he will hang up the boots on his glittering career after his 293rd game on Sunday against Adelaide at Optus Stadium.

The 34-year-old retires as West Coast’s greatest ever goalkciker (he’s currently on 715), and a list of accolades longer than most in the AFL, including:

  • three-time All-Australian
  • seven-time club leading goalkicker
  • dual Coleman Medallist

Kennedy ranks among the truly elite key forwards in the AFL after debuting for West Coast in 2008, arriving from Carlton as part of the Chris Judd trade.

He told Gareth Parker in his regular Tuesday morning segment on 6PR Breakfast, the time was right to go and he wanted to let 6PR listeners know first.

“I will be retiring this year and this will be my last game of AFL footy this weekend with the mighty West Coast Eagles, finishing off in front of our home fans,” he said.

6PR sports presenter Paddy Sweeney said Kennedy’s workrate was phenomenal and his goalkicking accuracy elite.

“With fans, you go to a game and if Josh Kennedy was on there was a sense of comfort and ease,” he told Gareth Parker on 6PR Breakfast.

LISTEN ๐Ÿ‘‡ to hear fans react to JK’s retirement


GAMES: 292*
GOALS: 715* (24th* most in AFL/VFL history)
EAGLES GOALS: 704* (most in club history)
AFL DEBUT: Carlton v Collingwood, round six 2006 (three disposals, no score)
EAGLES DEBUT: West Coast v Bulldogs, round six 2008 (15 disposals, one goal)
COLEMAN MEDALLIST: 2015 (80 goals), 2016 (82 goals)
ALL-AUSTRALIAN: 2015 (vice-captain), 2016, 2017 (vice-captain)
EAGLES LEADING GOALKICKER: 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020
GLENDINNING-ALLAN MEDAL: Round 20 2016, round six 2017, round seven 2020
ยท 11 v GWS, round eight 2014
ยท 10 v Bulldogs, round nine 2011
ยท 10 v Carlton, round two 2015

Gareth Parker