West Coast’s Josh Kennedy jokingly dares Geelong’s Harry Taylor: I’ll pull on boots for Northampton if you will

Justin Fris and Gavin BoxGeraldton Guardian
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Harry Taylor has responded to Josh Kennedy’s tongue-in-cheek dare about playing for Northampton in the Great Northern Football League when they eventually retire from the AFL.

“If H (Geelong defender Harry Taylor) comes back and plays, I’ll come back and play,” Kennedy said tongue-in-cheek while in Geraldton last week.

Kennedy, the West Coast Eagles’ all-time leading goalkicker, and Taylor, a dual premiership player for Geelong, both played for Northampton as juniors.

“And if I’m going to come back and play, I’ll be able to bring up Mark LeCras and his brother,” Kennedy said.

“I made a promise with ‘Lec’ one day — he said ‘If you come back and play for Cervantes, I’ll come back and play for Northampton’.

“It could be on the cards.”

Taylor responded today, saying: “I would much rather play with him than against him, so watch this space.”

Northampton club president Adam Price didn’t hold out much hope of it happening, but admitted it would be a recruitment dream if it eventuated.

“It would be awesome, but whether it happens or not I don’t know. The cheque book might be a bit stretched,” he said with a laugh.

“The club would be pretty happy, but I’ll believe it when I see it I think.”

Price said the thought of Kennedy and LeCras in the forward line, and Taylor in the backline, would be a frightening prospect for opposition teams.

“I don’t think too many opposition teams would be too happy,” he said.

“We’d be stoked though.”

Kennedy, a dual Coleman medallist, made his AFL debut with Carlton in 2006 and was traded to the Eagles in 2008.

LeCras made his debut for the Eagles in 2005 and is a dual club leading goalkicker.

Taylor made his debut for the Cats in 2008.

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