Reports: Tyrone's Conor McKenna Set For Return To AFL

16 April 2022; Conor McKenna of Tyrone during the Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship preliminary round match between Fermanagh and Tyrone at Brewster Park in Enniskillen, Fermanagh. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Tyrone footballer Conor McKenna is set to make a surprise return to the AFL.

The 26-year-old called time on his Aussie rules career in September 2020 while he was playing with Essendon. He returned to Ireland, and won an All-Ireland title with Tyrone in 2021.

Cahair O'Kane of the Irish News reported on Sunday night that McKenna has told his Tyrone teammates that he intends to return to Australia.

According to reports Down Under, several clubs are interested in signing him, including the Geelong Cats where both Laoisman Zach Tuohy and Kerryman Mark O'Connor play. Brisbane and Port Adelaide have also been linked.


The Eglish forward played 79 games for Essendon after being recruited by the club in 2014.


McKenna said two years ago that homesickness had played a major part in his decision to retire from Aussie rules.

"I was just sort of always feeling down," he said.


"I always wanted to come home. I always had that mindset that I was out there for a part-time basis. It was never going to be long term.

"If you said to me at the start, six years, I would have laughed at you but I just this year it wasn’t for me. I’m probably at the stage where money wasn’t enough and playing professional sport wasn’t enough for me any more. I missed playing for my club and county."

See Also: Tipperary's Colin O'Riordan Forced To Retire From AFL

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