West Coast champion Josh Kennedy will play his final AFL game this weekend.
The 34-year-old announced this week that Sunday’s match against Adelaide at Optus Stadium will be his last game for the Eagles.
Kennedy initially started his career at Carlton before moving to West Coast in the now famous trade that saw Chris Judd join the Blues.
Since moving home to Western Australia to sign for the Eagles, Kennedy has gone on to become one of the best key forwards of the modern era and one of West Coast’s greatest players ever.
Across his 271-game career, Kennedy has kicked 715 goals – 704 of those with West Coast – earning three All-Australian blazers, winning two Coleman Medals and seven leading goalkicker awards.
Kennedy also played a key role in West Coast’s 2018 premiership.
The former Blue and Eagles champ opened up on his highly publicized trade at the end of 2007.
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“Two years later the opportunity came up to come back home and I had two years on my contract with Carlton,” Kennedy told SEN WA Breakfast.
“West Coast wanted to be a part of the deal and ‘Juddy’ obviously requested to go to Carlton.
“It was mixed emotions. I wanted to be a one-club player. I wanted to stay at Carlton.
“But going through the week, going through the pros and cons and looking at the West Coast and where they were, it was a really good opportunity.
“I was also able to come home and be closer to family, my sisters were seven and eight at the time and was able to see them grow up and mum was only four-and-a-half hours up the road.
“It ended up being a no-brainer in the end towards the end of that week.
“I haven’t looked back since then. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to be able to play in Western Australia at a fantastic footy club.”
Kennedy is an Eagles life member and the club’s all-time leading goalkicker.
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