SWANS midfielder Josh Kennedy has plenty of advice for Nick Malceski regarding his hamstring injury, but won't be offering the defender any help when it comes to contract negotiations.
Malceski picked up the injury in the first quarter of Saturday's qualifying final victory over Fremantle, an ailment very similar to the one Kennedy suffered against St Kilda in round 21.
Kennedy was sidelined for two weeks as a precaution, returning for the match against the Dockers, and it is hoped Malceski will be right for a preliminary final on Friday week.
Malceski is also one of few Swans out of contract at the end of this year, putting talks on hold until season's end, and Kennedy is at ease with the defender's decision.
"I've got no idea (if Malceski will stay)," Kennedy told reporters ahead of training on Tuesday.
"I don't think many people really talk about it. I think he's put it off until the end of the year because he doesn't want to be distracted by it and I think that's completely fair enough.
"We've got two or three weeks now where everyone needs to lock down and all be on the same page at the moment.
"He's doing that and whatever happens after that, who knows?
"As far as we're concerned, it doesn't really matter now, as long as he's hopefully fit and healthy, come a couple of weeks and ready to go."
Kennedy missed matches against the Western Bulldogs and Richmond, ending a run of 127 consecutive games in the AFL.
But he feels he could have played against the Tigers if required, and believes Malceski needs to keep a positive outlook as he tries to recover in time to face either Geelong or North Melbourne at ANZ Stadium on Friday week.
"Just to be pretty positive and just relax," Kennedy said when asked what advice he would give his teammate.
"If it's similar to mine, which they say it is, it's obviously a great result for him and he should be good to go.
"Just let it take its natural course and he should be right."
Kennedy admits he had trouble sitting and watching games, having not previously missed a match since his last season with Hawthorn back in 2009.
The 26-year-old was pleased enough with his touch after his short spell on the sidelines, but said he ran out of petrol in the second half of a hard-fought match against the Dockers.
He is hopeful, however, the break will do him some good, with some intense finals matches on the horizon.
"I'm pretty good – now," he said. "After the game I was pretty cooked and certainly Sunday I was pretty tired.
"But I’m feeling good now and the fact we're in a prelim, and the guys are all fit and healthy, makes life a lot easier.
"It wasn't easy (sitting out), especially against Richmond, but hopefully in a few weeks' time I can look back on it and say it was a great decision."
Kennedy and some of his teammates will get together to watch the Cats take on the Kangaroos and is hopeful they "have a real crack and knock the wind out of each other".
Already a premiership winner, All Australian and best and fairest from his time with the Swans, Kennedy felt he had enjoyed a consistent 2014.
He was asked whether his two weeks off could have cost him a shot at this year's Brownlow Medal.
"Who knows?" he responded. "I’m not thinking about that now.
"It's done and dusted what I can do for the Brownlow. It's out of my control."