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Matthew Kennedy

#7   Carlton Blues
Age: 25yr 1mth    Games: 69     Born: April 6, 1997     Origin: Collingullie Ashmont Kapooka
Height: 190cm     Weight: 90kg     Position: Midfield
Last Drafted: Round 1, Pick #13 2015 National Draft by GWS Giants
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Contract Status: RFA at the end of 2025   AFL Player Contracts
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Matthew Kennedy Biography

Wednesday, 11 May 2022
Matt Kennedy, who has had a career-best start to a season in 2022, signs a three-year contract extension with Carlton to remain at the club until the end of 2025.

"I feel like it's a big confidence-booster for myself and from the club to back me in for three more years and to want to get it done early. I'm very grateful for the club to give me that opportunity," he said.

Saturday, 20 July 2019
Matthew Kennedy is having an impact as a makeshift forward in a re-energised Blues team under the guidance of caretaker coach David Teague.

Kennedy had been stuck in the VFL before returning to Carlton's side as an undersized full-forward ahead of its trip to Fremantle a month ago, managing just two games all year.

But he now looks like one of the Blues' most damaging and dangerous forward threats, assuring himself of a place in the senior team for the foreseeable future.

"We just wanted a bit more run against Fremantle and he went forward and was really strong in the contest," Teague said about Kennedy's move forward.

"He played centre-half forward as a junior in senior footy out in the country, but he was only about 15 or 16 (years old).

"He presents well at the ball, he's a beautiful kick and he's ended up getting quite a few shots over the last month, so he's been valuable for us."

Tuesday, 16 April 2019
Gary Ablett and Matthew Kennedy are caught up in controversy after hitting the 'like' button on an Instagram post by rugby star Israel Folau that contained homophobic connotations.

Rugby Australia deemed Folau's post to be egregious enough to warrant termination of his multimillion-dollar contract for breaching its social media protocol.

Folau's post also made reference to his allegiance to Christianity and it is understood that both Ablett and Kennedy are deeply religious.

Friday, 10 August 2018
Matthew Kennedy has been ruled out for the rest of the 2018 season after sustaining ligament damage in his left ankle during training.

"Unfortunately scans have confirmed the ligament damage in that left ankle and clearly we’re disappointed for Matthew that he will miss the remainder of the season," Blues head of football Andrew McKay said.

"He will undergo surgery in the coming days before commencing his rehab program the following week."

Thursday, 19 October 2017
Carlton acquires Matthew Kennedy from GWS in exchange for pick 28.
Tuesday, 3 October 2017
Matthew Kennedy requests a trade to Carlton.
Thursday, 28 September 2017
The Giants are set to trade Matthew Kennedy and Devon Smith, after both players informed the club this week they wanted to explore their trade options.
Wednesday, 27 September 2017
Carlton has emerged as a clear front-runner for the services of out-of-contract Giants midfielder Matt Kennedy.

GWS is yet to put a contract offer on the table for Kennedy, and the 20-year-old has been canvassing his options at rival clubs after playing 19 games in two seasons with the Giants.

Sunday, 19 June 2016
Matthew Kennedy makes his AFL debut for GWS at Docklands Stadium with 11 disposals (6 kicks and 5 handballs), a mark and 3 goals in a 27-point win over Essendon.
Thursday, 16 June 2016
Matthew Kennedy says he had to learn to be tough while playing against grown men as a teenager.

Prior to being drafted, Kennedy opted out of the TAC Cup to play senior footy for Collingullie, his hometown near Wagga in the Riverina region of New South Wales.

"I copped a lot of whacks playing country footy," he said.

"One bloke actually broke his arm on my head and knocked me out.

"The old fellas don't like it when the young kids get on top of them so the only way to stop them is to belt them.

"It's pretty tough and dirty out there."

Tuesday, 24 November 2015
GWS select Matthew Kennedy with pick No.13 in the 2015 NAB AFL Draft after matching Richmond's bid.

"Can play inside midfield, can play outside, can go forward, kick a goal and take a really good mark," Giants coach Leon Cameron said.

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