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Footloose Kennedy ready to run amok
Footloose Kennedy ready to run amok

West Coast gun Josh Kennedy says he is in tip-top shape, expects to play in the NAB Cup and is desperate to create more havoc with forward line partner Jack Darling.

After a 2012 as interrupted as his "twinkle-toes" set shot at goal, Kennedy, in Port Hedland this week, said he had never felt better.

The ankle injury which robbed him of all but nine games last year has been put to bed and he is ready to reproduce the form which earned him 59 majors in a break-out 2011 season.

"The ankle is all pain-free. I had six weeks off during the off-season and did absolutely nothing on it," Kennedy said.

"I came back a little bit unfit but we've got to a point now where the fitness is back and the ankle is fine, I've got no troubles with it."

Kennedy, 25, is adamant his best football is yet to be played and said the return of Mark LeCras and Mark Nicoski would further bolster a potent West Coast attack which, in the trio's absence, still managed 2244 points last year - fifth best in the league.

But with the departure of fellow tall and West Coast life member Quinten Lynch to Collingwood, Kennedy will be expected to handle an even greater offensive workload this season.

It's a challenge the 196cm East Fremantle product said he wanted, and expected to be well supported by partner-in-crime Darling.

Rather than feel threatened by Darling's superb 2012, in which the 20-year-old booted a team-best 53 goals, Kennedy is anxious to renew their growing reputation as the AFL's best one-two punch inside forward 50.

"Obviously losing Lynchy we lose a tall so Jack and I will have to rotate that high forward, but it's not going to be a drama," he said.

"The best thing about having Jack there is that he can play anywhere.

"He took it upon himself last year and he's really grown as a player.

"He's the up-and-coming young forward (of the competition) and he's going to be a superstar and it's exciting to play out there alongside him because of his speed and athleticism and his strength. You sometimes sit there in awe."

Kennedy also had high hopes for draftee Adam Carter, who he said had been outstanding at training.

"For a young kid, his bodywork and fitness have been exceptional since rocking up," he said.