Conor McKenna labelled “a rare quality” as former Tyrone star continues to earn rave reviews in Oz…
Former Eglish and Tyrone GAA star, Conor McKenna, has continued to rise up the ranks in Australian Rules Football and in this latest segment has been pinpointed for his rapid rise up the ladder at Essendon…
“Jobe Watson says teammate Conor McKenna possesses the rare ability to hit targets at top speed.”
The 21 year old from Eglish, Tyrone is enjoying his best spell of form since making his debut in 2015. McKenna is averaging 17 disposals, four marks and two tackles per game this season.
“He’s got some real talent and like all of the Irish guys they kick the ball so well. He’s a beautifully balanced player and the more he plays the better he’s going to get. We’re very lucky our recruiting staff found him and our coaches are starting to develop him,” Watson said.
“Not only can he run at a high speed but he then has composure at that high speed. That’s a rare thing to have – a guy who can break the lines running full pace but then still find targets long or short. He’s just going to get better and better the more he plays.”
In the interview, Conor is clearly enjoying his fantastic spell of football in Essendon at present and said…
“Yeah, I’m just getting more confidence every time I play. Where I come from we were always trying new things, kicking with outside and inside of boot, not afraid to take risks. I have always been kicking a ball about since I was three or four years of age so that comes naturally.”
Apart from one “blip” when it was referred that he came from Northern England, to which Conor replied “Ireland, just Ireland”, Conor was also asked was he there for the long haul and whether or not he had picked up a nice Australian girl.
On that note Conor replied “My Ma has me well warned, only nice Irish girls 😆😆”
– Come on all you nice Tyrone girls out there, get moving! 😆😆
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Here’s a wee clip looking back at the talents exhibited by McKenna as he smashes home 1-7 for St. Patrick’s College, Armagh, in the MacRory Cup in 2014. Of course he was the stand-out player in the All Ireland Minor Football Championship in that same campaign prior to his move to Melbourne, Australia.