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OUT OF ACTION: Anton Tohill. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

OUT OF ACTION: Anton Tohill. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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OUT OF ACTION: Anton Tohill. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Essendon's Conor McKenna and a handful of other Irish players are set to return home as the AFL braces itself for an extended period of inaction, according to reports Down Under.

Collingwood's Mark Keane and Anton Tohill are also expected to come back to Ireland, with a handful of the rest of the Irish AFL players also said to be considering whether to return here as the Covid-19 pandemic takes an even firmer grip, according to Fox Sports.

The news comes as AFL players are set to take a 50 per cent pay cut for at least the next two months after the 2020 season was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The first round of the competition took place behind closed doors last weekend but AFL chiefs have postponed any further action while the women's competition, which also featured a host of Irish stars, was cancelled before its conclusion.

In all, a record 17 Irish players are on the books of nine Australian rules clubs, with Kerry's Deividas Uosis set to join the Brisbane Lions next season, where Dublin's James Madden plus his trade.