“We thank both Conor and his family for his service to our club, the will always be a part of the Hawthorn family.”
Earlier this month, Essendon’s Conor McKenna retired from AFL football to return to Ireland, having battled home sickness and enduring a torrid season after a positive COVID-19 test, while Gold Coast’s Irish import Pearce Hanley also announced his retirement this month, after 169 games.
Meanwhile, Melbourne have delisted brothers Josh and Corey Wagner, and Kyle Dunkley, the younger brother of the Western Bulldogs’ Josh Dunkley, who was taken as a mid-season rookie draft pick for the Demons last year.
Dunkley played five matches last year, but could not get into the senior side in 2020, when the Demons just missed out on the finals.
Corey Wagner also did not play a senior game this year, having played 11 games for the Dees last year, and previously played eight matches for North Melbourne.
Josh Wagner, who was a mature-aged recruit at the 2016 rookie draft, played 42 senior games.