A centre half-forward and ruckman during his playing career, Kyne was a member of Collingwood premiership sides in 1935 and 1936.
He won his first best and fairest in 1946, winning the award again the following two seasons to become the first player to win the Copeland Trophy three years in succession. Kyne had his first stint as captain in 1942 before getting the role permanently from 1946 to 1949. He had served in the Australian Army (22nd Battalion) between 1942 and 1945.
Jim Park, Jack Dyer, and Kyne, at Adelaide Oval, before the 1938 interstate match against South Australia
A regular Victorian interstate representative, Kyne played a total of 11 games for the state and captaining them at the 1947 Hobart Carnival.
In 1950 Kyne was appointed coach of Collingwood and took the field seven times that season before becoming a non-playing coach from 1951 onwards. His 272 games as coach is the second most by a Collingwood player and he was a premiership winning coach in 1953 and 1958.
Collingwood historian Michael Roberts speculated that Kyne is one of three Collingwood footballers depicted in John Brack's 1953 painting Three of the Players.