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The Age

Favourite Hawk may leave nest

Author: By JAKE NIALL
Date: 30/09/2009
Words: 561
Source: AGE
          Publication: The Age
Section: Sport
Page: 2
THE family club is facing the prospect of losing a player from its most famous family, with Hawthorn's young midfielder, Josh Kennedy, a strong chance to be traded to another club.

Kennedy, the son of four-time premiership player John Kennedy jnr and grandson of the club's most revered figure, triple premiership coach John Kennedy snr, is considering a move to Sydney, which is believed to have offered him more opportunities than he believes he will get at the club that his grandfather coached to three premierships, including its first in 1961.

Kennedy's father, John jnr, played in Hawthorn's 1983, 1986, 1988 and 1989 premierships and later served on the match committee and board.

Josh is one of the select players in the game's history to represent the third generation of a family at the same club.

The Hawks have offered Kennedy, who played 10 games this year and showed signs of significant improvement, a one-year contract.

But while the Swans are understood to be willing to offer Kennedy a longer term contract of at least two and possibly three years, the major issue for Kennedy is the fact that he competes for a spot with four or five midfielders with similar attributes and each of them is among the club's best players.

Kennedy is a strong-bodied, inside midfielder who is not fleet of foot  traits that describe captain Sam Mitchell, Brad Sewell, Jordan Lewis and, when he is deployed in the midfield, the club's most complete player, Luke Hodge.

Sources said last night that Kennedy did not wish to leave the club that his father and grandfather served with such distinction, but that, in a sign of these coldly professional times, he recognised that his opportunities would be more limited at Hawthorn and was reluctantly considering asking for a trade.

It is felt that the confines of the SCG would suit his stoppage-based style.

Kennedy would likely fetch either a second or third-round pick in the event that he was traded, but it is unclear what compensation the Swans would be willing to offer.

Kennedy has been compared with another son of a club great, Essendon's Jobe Watson, in terms of his attributes.

Meanwhile, Hawthorn has spurned Port Adelaide's request that it trade Jordan Lewis for Port's out-of-contract star Shaun Burgoyne, but the Power is yet to nominate another suitable player that it wants in exchange for Burgoyne.

The Hawks have offered Port Adelaide their first pick, No. 9, and are willing to deal a player as well, but Port has indicated it will bargain hard before trading Burgoyne to his preferred club.

Hawthorn and Port Adelaide met last Friday, when the Power said it would like Lewis to be part of a Burgoyne trade  a suggestion the Hawks rejected.

That Lewis was not on the table holds ramifications for Kennedy, given the latter is behind the premiership player in the midfield pecking order. Hawthorn has also had some discussions with North Melbourne over Josh Gibson, with the Hawks willing to offer their second-round pick, No. 25, but talks have not progressed far.

Essendon's uncontracted midfielder/forward, Andrew Lovett, flew to Brisbane yesterday to meet with Lions' officials, including coach Michael Voss.

The Lions are interested in Lovett, who wants out of Essendon, but it is unclear what they are willing to part with to obtain him. The Lions are unlikely to offer up their first draft pick, No. 12.

 
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