McInerney has made a quick transition into the AFL, just 12 months after playing with Montrose in the Eastern Football League. The 204 centimetre Ruckman was recruited to VFL club Casey Scorpions for 2016, quickly making an impression with his ability to cover the ground, accurate tap work and clean hands below the knees. Winner of the A. Todd Medal for the best player in the AFL Victoria Development League, McInerney featured in the Scorpions’ VFL Finals campaign and attended the NAB AFL State Combine before he was selected by Brisbane with pick 37 in the 2016 NAB AFL Rookie Draft. With the Lions needing to expand their tall stocks, McInerney is capable of making another quick step up to the ruck role at AFL level.
In his first season as a Lion, McInerney developed rapidly in their Reserves side, culminating in a spot in the NEAFL Premiership win over Sydney. Off the back of his first full AFL pre-season, McInerney debuted in Round 6 2018 against GWS. By seasons end, his return of 16 games and 14 goals as a Forward-Ruck option was a welcome sign of what might be ahead.
McInerney signed a contract extension at the end of 2018 that will see him with the Lions for another three seasons.