Shannon Hurn is about to become the first Eagle to make 300 matches, and key forward Josh Kennedy says no player is more deserving of the ‘legacy’ title coined by Adam Simpson, than the premiership captain.
Since 1991 only three players have captained a premiership, been named an All-Australian and played 300 matches, with Hurn to become the fourth this weekend as he celebrates the milestone in a twilight match at the MCG against Collingwood.
“It’s well-deserved, couldn’t be more proud,” Kennedy told 6PR.
“He’s one of a kind, ‘Bung’, he’s been his own man over the whole journey and I have been quite lucky and honoured to play a lot of footy beside him.
“Been through a fair bit. To get us up to where we’ve been over the last decade, to be a premiership captain, he’s a great leader, a great inspiration for a lot of us players and just a great mate.
“He’s pretty durable, ‘Bung’, he’s got through a fair bit over the course of his journey, big leg, there’s plenty there for him to get through.”
Unfortunately fellow premiership teammate Liam Ryan is set to miss the milestone, after being sidelined with a hamstring injury sustained early in the match against St Kilda on Saturday.
Jack Petruccelle looks primed for a return as a small forward in his place, also hoping to return from a hamstring injury.
“Obviously disappointing to see one of your teammates go down with injury, especially with Liam because you know he’s a livewire and he’s just hurt that little hammy,” Kennedy said.
“So hopefully it’s only a couple of weeks, but we’ll hopefully assess that at the back-end of this week.
“It’s starting to run thin a little bit, with the small forwards, I think ‘Petch’ is back ready this week, I think his hammy is all good, so should just be a straight swap.”
West Coast now prepare to take on Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday after coming off of two solid wins against the Crows and St Kilda.
“It was great to get the win, we knew St Kilda were coming. Over the last four weeks they’ve been one of the best contested sides and they were getting a lot of ball up forward through their contest,” Kennedy said.
“We knew it was going to be a tough one and we were able to match them, for most of the game, and that last quarter they never gave up, they came hard and fought back a little bit.
“It was great to hold them off and get that win.”