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Get to know: New Demon Ben Kennedy

Ben Kennedy of the Magpies poses for a photograph during a portrait session at Westpac Centre, Melbourne on February 10, 2015. (Photo: Justine Walker/AFL Media)
Livewire forward/mid Ben Kennedy has joined Melbourne from Collingwood

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Name: Ben Kennedy

Height: 175cm

Weight: 76kg

Age: 21

Games: 25 

Goals: 15

Drafted: Collingwood, 2012 NAB AFL Draft Pick No.19

Kennedy traded to Demons in complex four-club deal

What the 2015 AFL Season Guide said: The dashing South Australian found himself in and out of the Magpies’ side in his second year at the club in 2014. Kennedy played against Fremantle in round one, but made just one more appearance in the next 14 weeks before finishing with eight for the season. The nippy midfielder, who can also play at half-forward, is very much in the Magpies’ plans. Re-signed until the end of 2016.

Where will he play? Midfield/half-forward.

State league form: Played 13 VFL games this year. Kennedy won a fair bit of the ball but only kicked six goals.

Best season: Kennedy played 12 games in his debut year (2013) and kicked nine goals. In the past two seasons, he has played eight and five matches, so his inability to secure a spot in Collingwood’s line-up over a three year period when the Pies only made finals once is worrying.

Why Collingwood traded him: Collingwood had him contracted for next year but Melbourne has reportedly long had an interest in him, looking to pick him up in his draft year. With gun GWS midfielder Adam Treloar coming to the club, spots were likely to be even harder to come by for Kennedy.

What is he good at? His pace is his best asset. Can burn off opponents with his run.

What does he need to work on? There are issues with his kicking. Considering his small stature, Kennedy needs to be using the ball well when he gets it but he can lack penetration and miss targets.

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