The coronavirus is causing problems around the world and in Australia it also meant stopping the AFL season. This means that several Irish players will return home.
According to RTE Sport, all clubs and players agreed to make a 50% salary cut in April and May. This, of course, is to protect clubs from a financial crisis. Conor McKenna, a former minor, is currently playing with Essendon. Essendon returned home earlier this year. He missed the return, but returned to Australia a week or two later. Speaking to AFL.com, McKenna made the decision to return to Ireland today. The site also reported that several other Irish players are also returning to Ireland after the Covid 19 outbreak.
Mark Keane of the Collingwood club, also known as Magpies, is also returning home. Derry's Anton Tohill is also coming home. It is also reported that Conor Glass is returning home to Derry. In addition, looking at the AFL League women's duo in Dublin, Sinead McGoldrick and Niamh McEvoy are returning to Ireland due to the pandemic.