A key player in his Gaelic Football team, Conor McKenna attracted interest from AFL scouts in December of 2013. 10 months later McKenna made his way onto Essendon’s list as a Category B rookie ahead of the 2015 season.
After almost a year developing in the VFL, McKenna earned his AFL debut and kicked a goal on debut in Round 22, 2015. The following year McKenna was in and out of the league side, as he continued to learn the game. However by 2017 McKenna had cemented his position in the Dons line up.
With speed and line breaking ability his strengths was most often seen running off half-back or on the wing with a touch of flare and intertwining his Gaelic football skills into the AFL game. McKenna retired from AFL during the 2020 season, finishing his career with 79 games and 20 goals to his name.