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Tyrone man Conor McKenna hopes for 'exciting future' as he pens long-term deal to extend Aussie Rules career

By Gareth Hanna

Conor McKenna has put pen to paper on a new four year deal that will keep him at Essendon Bombers until at least 2021.

The 21 year-old played 19 games for his Aussie Rules club this year and has been rewarded for his promising performances with a new long-term deal.

“Essendon has made my transition into football an easy and enjoyable one,” he told the club website.

“We have a great group of players, and the strong bonds I’ve made with my teammates have helped me develop my game and drive me to want to achieve success.

“I’ve enjoyed every moment with the club and am happy I will continue to represent the club for another four years.

“I believe in our vision, we have an exciting future and over the next four years I hope we can achieve the success we are working towards.”

McKenna joined Essendon after moving Down Under in 2014 and recently spoke to the Irish Independent about his desire to represent Ireland in November's two-Test international rules series in Australia.

"It's something I'd love to do," he said. "It's obviously the best chance I'd have of representing my country. I haven't heard anything yet so I'll just have to wait and see."

McKenna also said his dream is to win a Premiership in Australia before returning home to help Tyrone to All-Ireland glory. Until 2021 though, it seems the Red Hands will have to make do without him.

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