Conor McKenna returns to Essendon

Conor McKenna is back in training with Essendon ahead of the start of the new A-F-L season.

He had returned home to Tyrone last month due to homesickness.

The Bombers assistant coach James Kelly says McKenna continued his pre-season regime while in Ireland and the Bombers are confident he'll be ready to face Freemantle later this month.