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Veteran forward Josh Kennedy returns during West Coast intra-club hit-out

West Coast spearhead Josh Kennedy was stationed at full forward during an intraclub match at Lathlain Park today before the session was closed to media.

As Elliot Yeo and Daniel Venables completed running work on another oval, Kennedy lined up for the blue team opposed to Tom Barrass as he presses his claim to play in round one following a foot complaint.

According to reports, Kennedy’s chances of facing Brisbane at the Gabba next Saturday rest on how well he recovers from the club’s final pre-season hit-out.

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Despite his injury troubles – having already gone under the knife for a shoulder clean-up this off-season – Kennedy remains the leading contender among AFL captains to win this year’s Coleman Medal.

Jamie Cripps (toe), who is expected to miss the Eagles’ season opener, was out there for the yellow team.

Coach Adam Simpson declared the mid-sized forward needed to build his fitness base, but was “not far off” returning to senior action.

Defender Brad Sheppard also competed in the early stages after copping a corked knee and whiplash against Fremantle in their final JLT Community Series match.

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