Conor McKenna of the Bombers and Daniel Rioli of the Tigers compete for the ball during the 2016 AFL Round 17 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Essendon Bombers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 16, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Essendon re-sign young Irishman

Essendon has re-signed young Irishman Conor McKenna until the end of the 2017 season.

McKenna joined the Bombers as a Category B Rookie in 2014 and has played 14 games in two seasons.

As part of his new deal, he will also be elevated to the club’s senior list.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at the Bombers so far and am looking forward to what we can achieve under Woosha’s leadership,” the 20-year-old said.

“Since arriving at the Club, I’ve worked really closely with the coaches to fast-track my development as much as possible and am really happy with the way things are progressing.

“I’ve learnt a lot this season, and I can’t wait to get back into training ready for 2017.”

Essendon list manager Adrian Dodoro said the contract extension is just reward for plenty of hard work from McKenna.

“This is great news for the Essendon family and it’s a great reward for the hard work Conor has put in since day one,” Dodoro said.

“He has elite speed and agility and has shown great improvement with his foot skills since adjusting to the oval ball.

“Conor is a great Club person, who is truly dedicated to becoming an elite player in the game so we are really looking forward to watching him develop both on and off the field in the years to come.”