Bomber cleared to return to training after positive test

The AFL player who tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month has now been cleared to play.

Essendon’s Conor McKenna has served out his quarantine period, and returned a number of negative tests since his positive result two weeks ago.

The AFL has also confirmed that McKenna breached the ‘Return to Play’ protocols by visiting the home of his former host family without approval.


As a result he was suspended for one week, now already served. Officials say that the breach is not responsible for his positive test, with the cause of that still yet to be determined.

AFL General Counsel Andrew Dillon said it was important, now more than ever, that players and officials adhered to the protocols.

“The protocols in place have been established to ensure the safety of the players, their families, clubs, staff and the wider community. Now, more than ever, we all must continue to be vigilant,” Mr Dillon said.

“On behalf of the AFL, I would like to thank Conor and the Essendon Football Club for their cooperation during this challenging period.”

The AFL has also confirmed that it’s investigated McKenna’s attendance at rental inspections and will not take any action in respect of that matter.

He’s now been released from quarantine and is permitted to return to training at the club, while he’s also up for Round 5 selection.

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