Carlton v St Kilda - 2021 AFL Community Series
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 04: Shaun McKernan of the Saints and Oscar McDonald of the Blues compete in a ruck contest during the 2021 AAMI Community Series match between the Carlton Blues and the St Kilda Saints at Marvel Stadium on March 4, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

New St Kilda recruit Shaun McKernan said he fell out of love with the game in his final season at Essendon.

In an interview with The Age’s Daniel Cherny, McKernan said that he felt stale in his final season at the Bombers but is grateful to have another chance at the elite level at the Saints in 2021.

“I walked away from footy last year, I didn’t know if I still wanted to play. To be honest with you, when I finished the season, I thought I was done and I didn’t really want to go around again,” McKernan told The Age.

“I wasn’t really looking forward to training, probably wasn’t really looking forward to being diligent with recovery. I just wanted to get in and get out, wanted to go home. This is even before COVID hit, to be honest.”

McKernan is in line for selection in round 1 as both Paddy Ryder and Rowan Marshall are unlikely to feature due to injury.

The former Adelaide and Essendon ruckman collected 12 disposals and kicked 1.1 for the Saints in their 26-point win over Carlton on Thursday night.