Sport Essendon defender Conor McKenna signs new four-year deal

07:22  13 september  2017
07:22  13 september  2017 Source:   MSN

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Conor McKenna of the Bombers (centre) tangles with Sydney's Nic Newman.© AAP Conor McKenna of the Bombers (centre) tangles with Sydney's Nic Newman.

Essendon defender Conor McKenna has signed a new four-year contract, keeping him at the club until at least 2021.

In a statement on Wednesday morning, the Irishman, who played 19 games for Essendon in 2017, said he was enjoying his time at the club and keen to keep building towards future success.

He was recruited from County Tyrone as a category B rookie in 2014. The 184-centimetre defender has so far played 33 games, initially starting out as a forward before switching to the back line.

"Essendon has made my transition into football an easy and enjoyable one," McKenna said.

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ESSENDON dasher Conor McKenna has rebuffed rival clubs' interest to sign a new four - year deal with the club that gave him his AFL shot. The defender averaged career-best numbers almost across the board, with 16.9 disposals at 76 per cent efficiency, 4.1 intercept possessions, 3.9 score

Probably looking for more cash but i reckon he is pretty happy at essendon . I think a 3 to 4 year deal on anything between 350 and 500 would reasonable. (Got a nice ring to it too I reckon, … Conor “Bomber” McKenna . )

"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 had an average of 17 disposals, four marks and two tackles per game in season 2017, when the Bombers made the finals but exited in the first week after being thumped by Sydney in their elimination final.

Bombers coach John Worsfold said McKenna was "an incredible fit for what we are building at Essendon".

"His efforts week in, week out, has made him a fundamental part of the squad," Worsfold said.

"Conor is still learning our game and with continued hard work he will improve rapidly and become an outstanding rebounding defender."

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