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Retired Bomber Conor McKenna has moved a step closer to deciding a new club for 2023, after meeting with St Kilda officials on Friday.

Two years after walking away from the game to return home to Ireland, McKenna toured the Saints facilities and met with new coach Ross Lyon and captain Jack Steele.

The former Bomber, who played 79 games for Essendon between 2015 and 2020, confirmed he was talking to multiple clubs including his former side.

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“I’m talking to four or five clubs there, it’s getting to the small details,” he told 7NEWS.

“My girlfriend is coming out so I’ll have to keep her in mind. It’s a tough decision.”

7NEWS reporter Mitch Cleary said Geelong was now “out of the race” for McKenna after this week re-signing midfielder Sam Simpson, filling the side’s last vacant senior list spot.

Cleary believes Brisbane are the “favourites”, but the Saints, Power and Bombers all loom as possibilities – meaning McKenna could be the second ex-Essendon player to rejoin the club after Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti’s retirement backflip this week.

“I went home and won the premiership (in Gaelic football) which is what I wanted to do,” McKenna told 7NEWS.

“I was comfortable that I would come back at some stage.

“Having two years out, I probably learn to appreciate it a bit more and what mistakes I made.”

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While he was filmed meeting with St Kilda today, it’s also reported McKenna has met with both Port Adelaide and Essendon this week, with a decision on his future looming in the coming days.

Recently, the Saints welcomed Brendon Goddard back to the club in a player development role, with the club great having played 49 games with McKenna during his time at Essendon.

SEN reporter Sam Edmund has since said Brisbane are “right in it up to their eyeballs” in the race for McKenna.

“I think it’s going to be Brisbane,” Edmund said.

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“The early indication was that when he was coming back he wanted to come back in Melbourne but I don’t think that’s the case.

“I think Brisbane are right in it up to their eyeballs and he’d be a nice pick-up back there.”

McKenna also has a link at the Lions from his AFL days, with marquee recruit Joe Daniher having played alongside McKenna during the pair’s time at Essendon.


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