Kennedy top Swan
Sydney midfielder Josh Kennedy. Photo: Paul Rovere
IT WAS not as though he needed any more validation, but Josh Kennedy's decision to move from Hawthorn — a club steeped in his family's history — to Sydney in 2010, received another tick last night when he won the Bob Skilton Medal as the Swans' best and fairest in their premiership season.
Kennedy continued his progression up the best-and-fairest ladder with a runaway win of the medal at last night's club champion dinner in Darling Harbour. In his first season at Sydney he finished third behind Kieren Jack and Shane Mumford, then last year was tied for second with Rhyce Shaw, behind Adam Goodes.
By the time all the votes were tallied last night, Kennedy had polled a stunning 877, an amazing 172 ahead of second placegetter Ted Richards, with last Saturday's Norm Smith Medal winner Ryan O'Keefe in third place with 701 votes.
Votes are awarded by coach John Longmire and four of his assistants after each game, with coaches able to give a player up to 10 votes for his performance, and they can allocate votes to as many or as few players as they deem appropriate.
Kennedy polled in every game and his season total is the highest in the history of the award.
Kennedy also took out the prestigious Paul Kelly players' player award, based on votes cast by all 22 members of the senior team after each match.
Dual premiership winner Jude Bolton confirmed yesterday he had met the coach and chief executive of the club to discus his future and will now take "a couple of weeks" to contemplate whether his 301-game career comes to an end with the grand final win, or goes on.
"I'm really privileged they have said just take your time, make a decision not just for 12 months, but a life decision," he said.