Kennedy an all-time great - Longmire

24 June 2020 18:53:28 GMTPlus10

Josh Kennedy will be one of the AFL's greats when he eventually hangs up his boots, says his coach John Longmire.

The 32-year-old lines up for his 250th game on Thursday, when Sydney take on Western Bulldogs at the SCG.

Kennedy, who was an integral part of the Swans' 2012 premiership side, has played 236 games since he arrived from Hawthorn after the 2009 season.

He only made 13 appearances in his three seasons with the Hawks, but since heading to the Harbour City he's become a star.

Kennedy is a three-time best and fairest winner and triple All-Australian and has served as captain since 2017.

Longmire said the strong-bodied midfielder, who has averaged more than 23 games a season across the past decade at the Swans, was an ideal role model for younger players.

"I feel very lucky to have coached Josh. He'll go down, whenever he finishes up, as not only one of the club's greats but also one of the all-time greats," added the coach.

"His record is extraordinary - not only his consistency from week to week over a long period of time but also how he's got the ability to rise to the biggest occasions. Some of his best performances have been in finals games and Grand Finals, when the heat's at its best."

Kennedy, the son of ex-Hawk John Kennedy jnr and grandson of Hall of Famer John Kennedy snr, is second on the AFL's all-time list of career contested possessions.

The Swans will be without swingman Tom McCartin (concussion) against the Bulldogs because of the short turnaround but he could be back as soon as next week.

Sydney are hoping to regain No.1 ruckman Sam Naismith, who missed the past fortnight because of a hamstring setback.

Sydney are 18/25 to win their next game against Western Bulldogs, who are 59/50.

The Swans are 91/100 conceding a 2.5-points start.

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