Injured Swans icon rules himself out of fairytale

Sydney Swans great Josh Kennedy has accepted he will play no part in the Swans’ finals campaign after yielding to a recurring hamstring injury.

Last month, Kennedy announced this season would be his last, but confirmed he wouldn’t hang up his boots until after Sydney’s battle for the flag had ended in an attempt to add to his 2012 premiership honour.

The 34-year-old suffered a left hamstring injury in the Swans’ VFL match against North Melbourne last month, having already hurt his right hamstring against Carlton in May, which resulted in eight weeks on the sidelines.

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But unable to subdue the soreness – which still prevents him from being able to sit or stand for long periods of time – Kennedy has been left with no other option.

“That’s it for me,” he confirmed to the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on Thursday.

“It’s bittersweet because I’m not playing. But at the same time, it’s really, really exciting for the footy club. I’m so much a part of that.

“I’m an amazing supporter of the young players and the team and I feel very much a part of it, regardless of whether I’m playing or not.

“It’s such an exciting time, having experienced it earlier in my career, playing in grand finals and prelim finals, and having to work really hard to get the team back now to where we’re competing again, and in a position where we believe we can win it, is something pretty special, and to see a lot of guys go through it for the first time is really rewarding.”

The midfielder joined the Swans from Hawthorn for the 2010 season, captaining the side from 2017 until the end of last season.

Despite not pulling on a jumper or taking to the field this finals series, the three-time All-Australian will still be heavily involved in Saturday’s preliminary final against Collingwood – and whatever follows – taking up his position on John Longmire’s coaching staff, a spot on the bench which he has occupied in recent weeks.

“I’m here to support the coaching staff to support the players,” Kennedy said.

“However John wants to use me, whether that’s on the bench or up in the coach’s box. Obviously working much closer with the midfield and just providing an extra layer of support and leadership as well, being able to be solely focused on the general team aspects.

“Having not long ago been playing, it is a balance between being focused on what you have to do at any given time and then the team, but being one step removed, it’s all about the team, and I can help the leaders in that regard too, in terms of what triggers need to be pulled to the course of the game.”

In trying his hand at an off-field role, Kennedy did not rule out a future move into coaching.

“I think beyond this year, I’m really excited for what is out there. I’d never say never,” he said.

“It’s something that I’m looking forward to sought of stepping back, taking some time to reflect, and then project about where I’m going to get the most passion and add the most value in the years to come.

“I’m not sure the future is a little bit uncertain, but I’m excited for the opportunities that are out there.”

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