Conor McKenna is one of "a number" of Irish players to return home as the AFL season has been indefinitely halted due to the coronavirus.

With games stopped after round one, the clubs and players have now agreed to 50% pay cuts for the months of April and May in a bid to protect the sport's future.

Former Tyrone underage star McKenna made the decision to return today, with AFL.com.au reporting that several other Irish players are also travelling back to Ireland as the Covid-19 outbreak sees a huge number of international flights being grounded.

Fox Sports are reporting Mark Keane (Cork) and Derry's Anton Tohill are two more former GAA players travelling home, with another Derryman Conor Glass considering his immediate future.


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A number of Irish players involved in the women's AFL, including Dublin pair Niam McEvoy and Sinead Goldrick, have also travelled home ahead of potential travel restrictions.

The AFL hope to resume their season in June, but will continue to be guided by the Australian government and the relevant health authorities.

McKenna, who plays for the Essendon Bombers, travelled home earlier this year following a bout of homesickness. He is one of at least 15 Irish players currently signed with AFL clubs.