It is always good to play at a club when you have a sibling there with you and that is the case for the Canberra Raiders, with Rhys Kennedy joining older brother Jarrad Kennedy at the club.
Still only 20, Kennedy joins the club from the Melbourne Storm for 2 years, a club where he made his mark as a bullocking prop.
For the youngster, he is excited to be at the club and alongside his brother.
“It’s good to get up here and I suppose it’s a big change from Melbourne,” said Kennedy.
“It’s a big move and Melbourne is a lot busier with the lifestyle but it’s a lot closer to home [Tuross Heads] and it allows me to focus on my footy a bit more.
The brotherly love was a big factor behind Kennedy’s move, as was the development process at the Raiders in procuring talented young players.
“Having some older and with a bit more experience in the NRL like my brother, I can learn off him and get feedback off him,” said Kennedy.
“Ricky is forming a good culture and moving up here is a better fit for myself.”
Front-row is one of the harder positions to play and developing into a front-line prop takes time, but Kennedy is looking forward to getting himself into that position.
“You’ve got to be more developed as a front-rower so I know it’s going to take a lot of hard work,” said Kennedy.
“I’ll probably have to start in the NSW Cup for a few years or one year – whatever it takes – and make the most of my opportunities.”
“My aim is to keep working hard and make the most of it all.”