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Rhys Dickinson  September 15, 2016 3:00 PM

Josh Kennedy believes the Eagles have a lot more to give next season

Josh Kennedy believes the Eagles have a lot more to give next season

West Coast super boot Josh Kennedy says he'll be up and running in no time after going under the knife to remedy a hernia recently.

The 2016 Coleman medallist told 6PR he had surgery the day after West Coast's elimination final loss to the Western Bulldogs.

Not one to give much away on the field, Kennedy admitted the hernia had been troubling him for approximately “six or seven weeks”, hence his quick transition from the playing field to the operating table last week.

While Kennedy felt almost immediate relief following the surgery, he said the hurt of the Eagles’ disappointing finals exit would linger for some time.

“We can’t really dwell on it too much,” he said.

“It is disappointing the season is over and it’s pretty flattening to have a season end like that, but we’ve all got to move on and look on to next year.”

“I suppose coming into a game like that with the form we were in we were expecting that we’d keep performing at that (level) and we just didn’t. As a playing group we just didn’t contribute; we didn’t play our role.

“We got outworked and the Bulldogs came over with a brand of footy that put us under the pump and a lot of our players couldn’t handle the pressure.”

Kennedy conceded the Eagles’ 2016 premiership tilt was plagued by inconsistency.

However, he thought there were enough good signs to build on next year .

“It was a bit of an up and down season,” he admitted.

“We had some good wins, but we had some pretty bad wins as well. I kind of think that it wasn’t a consistent year, but we still did have 16 wins, which is a positive sign. You want to grow on that for next year and hopefully we can take it a step further.”