Essendon’s Conor McKenna has retired from the AFL with immediate result after the call of his Irish homeland became too strong.

Mckenna has actually had a ghastly 2020, evaluating positive for COVID-19 after going back to Australia, unwillingly, from Ireland when the AFL season entered to shutdown.

He was forced in to isolation, for a 3rd time having done two stints, one in Ireland and another on his return. McKenna handled just six video games in 2020.

He ‘d suggested he was highly unlikely to remain in the AFL beyond this season and the 24-year old, who has played simply 79 video games since his 2015 launching, told his colleagues on Tuesday morning the “time was best” to go house.

” I’ve made clear of the reality that at some point, I ‘d wish to be returning house to my household and I’ve been weighing up the decision recently. It’s been a hard year for everyone, but it’s likewise been a possibility to take stock and weigh up numerous things in my life, so the time is right,” McKenna said.

” I will always be grateful for Essendon’s assistance of both myself and my family because I reached the club from the opposite of the world at the end of 2014.

” I will miss my teammates and coaches and I wish to thank the Bomber fans for their assistance across the journey too. I will always want the kids well and hope they see success in the not too long run.”

Essendon football manager Dan Richardson stated the club comprehended McKenna’s choice.

” While we are disappointed to lose a player of his calibre from our list, he leaves the club with our assistance to go back to his homeland,” Richardson said.

” In the last few years, we have actually had really open and honest conversations with Conor, and his desire to return back home to Ireland has actually been obvious.

” It has actually been an extremely attempting year for Conor personally, too, but ultimately we accept that the pull to return house was too strong. We will continue to supply our complete assistance to Conor as he embarks on the next phase of his life.

” We thank Conor for his contribution to the club and dream both he and his household all the absolute best for their future endeavours.”

McKenna was recruited by Essendon in late 2014 as a category B rookie from County Tyrone, Ireland. He went on to make his debut versus Richmond in round 22, 2015 at the MCG, kicking an objective with his first start the AFL.

He was called in the AFLPA’s 22Under22 side in 2018 and positioned fourth total in the club’s Crichton Medal in 2019, behind Zach Merrett.