GAA | Essendon confirm Conor McKenna return

AFL club Essendon have confirmed that Conor McKenna will return to Australia ahead of the 2020 season.

The Tyrone native returned to Ireland last month due to homesickness, casting doubt over his future with the Bombers.

McKenna, 23, has been training with local club Eglish to stay fit as his Essendon teammates continue their pre-season in Victoria.

“I want to thank the club for the continuous support they show both myself and my family,” McKenna said.

“I’m looking forward to returning to training in the coming days.”

McKenna has been a key defender for the Bombers since making his AFL debut in 2015, racking up 73 matches for the Melbourne club.

The Irishman landed himself in hot water last year when he returned to Tyrone to play an unsanctioned football match for native club Eglish.

The Bombers have also signed talented Gaelic footballers Cian McBride and Ross McQuillan for the 2020 season.

Essendon are enduring an injury crisis ahead of the new season, which kicks off later this month.

Captain Dyson Heppell, Joe Daniher, Tom Bellchambers and Orazio Fantasia are among those on the treatment table ahead of the Bombers’ clash with Fremantle at Marvel Stadium on March 21st.