Tyrone’s Conor McKenna set to make International Rules debut for Ireland

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Ireland International Rules manager, Joe Kernan, said yesterday that Conor McKenna will be part of his 23-man squad for the upcoming two-match International Rules series against Australia in November.

McKenna is excited by the prospect and admits it will mean all the more because the International Rules Series Cup is named after his fellow Eglish club-man, Cormac McAnallen.

“Yeah, It makes it more special,” said McKenna. “He was a club-man of mine and it was very sad what happened him. He was a massive role-model for most young boys in Ireland, and especially for myself, I really looked up to him.

“It would be unbelievable to go there and play and represent him as well and hopefully win the Cup for him.”

We have seen the former Tyrone minor footballer emerge as a rising star in the Australian Football League, and Tyrone gaels have certainly looked at the star and how he could impact the O’Neill |County’s challenge for all Ireland honours. McKenna also told GAA.ie yesterday that he still has ambitions of playing senior inter-county football with his native county.

“Oh definitely,” said McKenna yesterday at the announcement of EirGrid as official sponsor of the Ireland International Rules team.

“It’s always one that hopefully I come home at some stage and represent my club, my county. At the minute, I’m signed for those four years so I’m there for four years anyway.

“In four years I’m going to be 25, I’m a young fella. He [Tadhg Kennelly] came home he was 27 or 28; so there’s plenty of time and if it’s an option, I’ll take it.”

It would also be envisaged that other Tyrone players will be announced on the Ireland team for the upcoming series and these should be revealed soon by Joe Kernan.

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