PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 22: Josh Kennedy of the Eagles kicks on goal during the 2018 AFL round 18 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium on July 22, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Although he has toyed with the idea of hanging up his boots at the end of the season, it
appears as though Eagles star Josh Kennedy still has plenty left in the tank.

The 32-year-old has played an integral part in his side’s recent resurgence, and he isn’t ready to call it a day just yet. Coach Adam Simpson has left the decision in the hands of veteran forward, although given his recent record, the majority of fans will be keen for him to stick around for at least another season.

Kennedy may already be thinking about next season and planning for his future, however, there is still plenty at stake during the current campaign for the Perth-based club.

The Eagles have won seven of their first ten matches in the AFL this season, and are currently the $4.50 favourites in the Aussie Rules betting to win the 2020 Grand Final.

Their recent form has confirmed their place amongst the premiership contenders this year and having passed a couple of tough acid tests against the Cats and Magpies at the end of July. They are a side who are brimming with confidence.

Even if Kennedy was able to win another flag, many are expecting him to continue his triumphant stint at Optus Stadium. Aside from his influence off the field, he is also a terrific leader on the field, as well as a role model to those younger players who may still be learning their craft.

With over 250 senior games under his belt, his experience will be absolutely vital during the run-in, especially for those team-mates who may be experiencing pressure situations for the first time in their career. He works hard in training, and although he isn’t technically part of the club’s coaching set-up, he is likely to be influencing those around him on a daily basis.

Having kicked seven goals against Collingwood in Round 8, Kennedy has proven time and time again that he is far from finished. He has emerged as one of the favourites for the 2020 Coleman Medal, with Sydney forward Tom Papley seemingly his biggest rival for the award. Kennedy is a two-time recipient of the trophy, last picking up the accolade when managing to outscore Lance Franklin by six goals during the 2016 season.

Simpson has suggested that he isn’t expecting the former Blue to match that total anytime soon and has played down any expectations. However, Kennedy is going through a purple patch at the moment, and his recent form certainly warrants a new contract. The three-time All-Australian is seemingly settled in Perth, and enjoying his football, therefore, it seems unlikely that he will be seeking a move during the off-season.

 

He may be in the twilight of her career, yet the experienced forward still has plenty to offer. As a model professional, he continues to set an extremely high standard, and even if he’s used more sporadically next season, he remains a great character to have in the camp.

As the Eagles’ all-time leading goal-kicker, the club will be understandably keen to retain his services. And it would be a fitting way to end 2020 if Kennedy’s fine form can help guide the club all the way to the grand final in October.