An Irish youngster who boasts great agility for his size, Cian McBride was invited to attend the Draft Combine in 2019 and was ultimately selected by Essendon.
Growing up in Ireland Cian hails from County Meath where he went to school and played his Gaelic football.
He joined Essendon as a Category A Rookie ahead of the 2020 season. McBride is touted as a budding defender and stands at 197cm and is 90kg. A strong mark and agile for his size, McBride ran a sub-three second 20 metre sprint and placed in the top five in the running vertical jump at the 2019 Draft Combine.