Just how much better the brilliant pack-breaker and prime moving play-maker can be is above comprehension with Kennedy turning on a stunning breakout season last year in Sydney’s euphoric premiership outfit.
Now regarded as one of the game’s toughest on-ballers, Kennedy won first time All-Australian selection as well as an inaugural Swans fairest-and-best among his premiership medallion.
Kennedy crashed into the league’s most elite batch of ball-winners with the fifth biggest tally of possessions at 708, behind Collingwood’s Dayne Beams at 741, Adelaide ball-magnet Scott Thompson (737), Magpie veteran Dane Swan (725) and Western Bulldogs captain Matthew Boyd with 721.
Kennedy, 24, says he do better than that and plans to find a consistency in coming seasons after his outstanding 2012.
He also confessed that the reigning champions have no prospects of a premiership hangover after their stunning 10-point flag heist over Hawthorn on grand final day.
“We’ve had a real focus on putting that behind us this pre-season,” Kennedy told Fox Sports.
“We start fresh now. We’re all on the same amount of points going into Round 1, so we want to try and do it (win flag) again and make a big stand.
“We’ve seen teams in the past sometimes struggle with the expectation that comes with a premiership.
“There’s no concern of a premiership hangover for the Sydney boys.”
Kennedy confessed that all Swans celebrations from last year are firmly put to rest ahead of imposing prospects of launching the title defence with important early wins.
The Swans head into the new premiership race against local rival Greater Western Sydney at Homebush, then host Gold Coast at the SCG before a Round 3 trip to Hobart to take on North Melbourne.
“We no longer worry about the 2012 season. It’s all focus now on 2013 and what we can do week to week,” Kennedy said.
“We go into every game expecting to win and we’ll be doing everything we can to do that.”
Kennedy has already given planning into handling stronger attention from opposition defenders.
He was the league’s premier contested possessions winner as well as the top exponent in the crucial clearances away from stoppages.
The tough ball-winner expects to continue to improve as a premier Swans play-maker as he further entrenches a reputation now as one of the league’s most influential stars.
Kennedy also signed a new contract just weeks ahead of the title defence to secure his future at the power club after joining Sydney from Hawthorn at the end of 2009.
Kennedy's lucrative deal is believed to run through until the end of the 2017 season.
“I’m like the rest of the team. I’m just trying to improve every year,” he said.
“You certainly don’t want to go backwards.
“I’ve been given a great opportunity and I want to make the most of it.
“I think I can get better. I’m trying to look for ways to improve every pre-season and at the end of every year.
“I certainly think I’ve got a fair bit of improvement left in me and hopefully a few more year of football as well.
“I’m only 24 so hopefully a fair bit of improvement left.”