Kennedy Ready and Raring To Go

Versatile defender Ayden Kennedy says he is well on his way to being ready for selection in Box Hill’s Round 1 clash against Sandringham.

After rupturing his Anterior Cruciate Ligament in the team’s Preliminary Final win against Williamstown in 2014, Kennedy is now almost back to full training.

“I’ve done everything I can to put myself in a good spot for the season, I’ve probably only got one or two more boxes to tick before I’m 100% happy with it. It’s maybe just a mental thing but the knee feels good so I can’t complain.”

“…it’s been good to get back into a full pre-season and be able to do everything again. I haven’t really done a full pre-season in about four or five years. I’m coming into this one relatively right to go with running and all that stuff.”

Although Kennedy has previously injured this same knee prior to 2014, he says he is not looking to do anything different this time around.

“I was happy with how my knee recovered after the first one. I think the way I did it the second time around was maybe just a freak accident, so like I said, I was happy with my knee before and if I can get it back to how it was then and playing good footy then I’ll be happy.”

With some conditioning still to go, Kennedy has yet to really put his knee to the test.

“I missed a couple of contact drills early before Christmas but other than that the body’s been good.”

“A lot of the stuff I did over the break was around cones, which are fine, but until you get that game sense stuff you’re really not sure how you’ll go.”

With Box Hill’s practice matches looming, Kennedy is just looking forward to getting as much game time as possible into his body before the Round 1 match.

“I want to get as much game time in as I can to put me in good stead for Round 1. That’s been the goal ever since the operation really.”

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