Martin Kennedy (rugby league)
20 February 1989 |
Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||190 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||122 kg (19 st 3 lb)|
|As of 4 July 2015|
On 29 October 2014, Kennedy was released from the last two years of his contract to explore other options. A day later on 30 October 2014, Kennedy announced on social media that he was returning to his former club the Sydney Roosters for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
In March 2015, Kennedy was issued with an infraction notice for possession and use of banned testosterone-based substances. In January 2016, Kennedy was suspended for two years and nine months for breaching the National Rugby League's anti-doping policy for: attempted use of selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMS S22) ; attempted use of growth hormone ; attempted use of chorionic gonadotrophin and attempted use of insulin.
Kennedy captained the 2007 Australian Schoolboys team, with future NRL players such as Daniel Mortimer, Kieran Foran, Jake Friend, Andrew McCullough and Kevin Proctor on an undefeated tour of New Zealand.
Kennedy's State of Origin eligibility was a big talking point after an impressive showing against the Wests Tigers in Round 4 of the 2011 season. After the match Kennedy stated that he "bleeds maroon" and declared himself eligible for Queensland This caused an uproar from NSWRL officials who believed Kennedy (who was born in Lismore, New South Wales) was not eligible for Queensland.
This was proven not to be the case as Kennedy had moved to Queensland as a 10-year-old and played all his junior footy at Norths Ipswich, represented Queensland Under 17's and attended Ipswich Grammar School before signing with the Roosters in 2006 and playing for Matraville High School for one year in 2007. Kennedy was also selected to be a part of the 2011 Emerging Queensland Origin Squad in late December 2010.
In 2013 Kennedy was picked as Queensland's 18th man in game two of the series.
- Martin Kennedy rugbyleagueproject.org
- Brisbane Broncos sign star Sydney Roosters prop Martin Kennedy to three-year deal, The Daily Telegraph, 25 July 2013
- Decent, Tom (28 January 2016). "Sydney Roosters prop Martin Kennedy suspended for more than two years for breaching NRL anti-doping policy". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
- "About Us". snakeranch.com.au. Snake Ranch. Retrieved 28 February 2015.