McKenna at peace with Gaelic risks

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - DAVID SMITH

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.

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