McKenna at peace with Gaelic risks
ESSENDON defender Conor McKenna has defended his decision to play an unsanctioned Gaelic football match in Ireland earlier this month.
Bombers star McKenna played for his local club Eglish in a relegation match against Edendork, a decision Essendon coach John Worsfold described as “disappointing”.
The 23-year-old revealed he has not spoken to Essendon about the incident but expects the AFL club to understand.
“I haven’t really talked to the club much about it, I’ll talk to them when I go back,” McKenna said. “That was the decision I made so I’ll go back and see what the consequences are. They know how much I miss home and how much Gaelic and home mean to me so I think they’ll be pretty understanding.”
McKenna says he felt obliged to help his local club out, and pointed to other examples of Irish AFL players who went home to play Gaelic football in the off-season.