Josh Kennedy retirement: Every West Coast Eagles teammate's tribute to exiting star

Josh Kennedy retirement: Every West Coast Eagles teammate’s tribute to exiting star

If you wanted to know just how much Josh Kennedy means to West Coast, just ask every one of his 43 teammates.

Ahead of his final match for the Eagles against Adelaide at Optus Stadium, the Sunday Times has compiled the ultimate tribute to the West Coast premiership star and all-time leading goalkicker.

DON’T MISS YOUR FREE ‘FAREWELL JK’ POSTER WITH TEAMMATES’ TRIBUTES, ONLY IN THE SUNDAY TIMES

From Shannon Hurn, the man West Coast selected nine picks after Kennedy went to Carlton in the 2005 national draft, to mid-season selection Jai Culley, all 43 current Eagles have penned a tribute to their retiring teammate.

And while there was little doubt, the players have confirmed they have big shoes to collectively fill.

Fellow forward Jack Darling said his career had benefited from having the 716-goal spearhead alongside him.

“The big show. Been amazing sharing the 50 with you. Thanks for everything. You mean so much to so many people and thanks for taking the number one defender,” he wrote.

Camera IconJosh Kennedy after announcing his retirement this week. Credit: Paul Kane/Getty Images via AFL Photos

The heir to Kennedy’s glittering throne Oscar Allen said Kennedy has had a substantial impact on his career on and off the field.

“Thank you for helping me understand what is required to be an AFL footballer but more importantly how to grow up into a man. You’re a champion and can’t wait to tell my kids I played with JK. Love ya mate,” he said.

Premiership teammate and captain Hurn wrote: “Such a great player for the club. Always did your best and made your teammates better. Privilege to play with.”

Andrew Gaff said Kennedy was one of the best players to represent the West Coast.

“I’ve never seen someone play through so much pain and discomfort to then always produce on the big stage. Congrats on an amazing career, enjoy retirement and thanks for making my foot skills look better than they are!”

The ultimate tribute will be available in The Sunday Times’ 12-page liftout celebrating Kennedy’s stunning career.

DON’T MISS YOUR FREE ‘FAREWELL JK’ POSTER WITH TEAMMATES’ TRIBUTES, ONLY IN THE SUNDAY TIMES

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