Decisions on the duo haven’t been decided as the Bombers are still waiting on decisions from key forward Joe Daniher and speedy defender Adam Saad about their respective futures.
It is unlikely that McKernan will earn himself a new contract beyond this year. At 30, the Bombers are possibly looking at other options at the key forward spot, especially if Daniher does depart.
SIX IN A ROW!
— AFL (@AFL) July 28, 2019
McKernan has been serviceable in his stint at Tullamarine, kicking 51 goals in 53 games across six seasons in the red and black.
Townsend, 27, arrived to Essendon at the end of last season on a one-year deal after being starved of opportunities at Richmond over the past couple of seasons.
He has shown plenty of fight, determination, and attack towards the football as a forward, kicking 12 goals in nine games for the Bombers this year.
But much like McKernan, Townsend, who featured in Richmond’s premiership team in 2017, could find himself out of favour for younger players, should the Bombers look to invest more game time in the kids.
Jacob Townsend was a revelation in his first game for the Bombers!
— AFL (@AFL) June 6, 2020