Friday 23 June 2017

Blow for Mayo as Freeman leaves panel due to 'work commitments'

Manager Stephen Rochford stated that Freeman was unable to commit to the squad for the 'work reasons' Stock photo: Sportsfile
Manager Stephen Rochford stated that Freeman was unable to commit to the squad for the 'work reasons' Stock photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Mayo's forward options have been dealt a blow with the news that Alan Freeman has left the panel.

The Aghamore clubman started the league defeat at home to Monaghan, where he kicked a point before being replaced. However, he didn't feature last weekend as Mayo came from behind to secure a valuable two points against Kerry in Tralee.

Manager Stephen Rochford stated that Freeman was unable to commit to the squad for the 'work reasons'. However, he said that the door would remain open should he decide to return.

"Due to work commitments, Alan can't commit right now to being part of the Mayo squad," said Rochford. "I've always said that the panel remains open-ended and who knows what might happen in the future?"

Elsewhere, Leitrim star Emlyn Mulligan has transferred back to his home club Melvin Gaels for the 2017 season.

Mulligan had been playing his club football with St Brigid's in Dublin.

But after four seasons in the capital, he's back with his native club as they look to improve on reaching last year's county SFC quarter-final.

Cavan's Eugene Keating has also left the Dublin club scene in favour of a move home. Keating lined out with Kilmacud Crokes last year but has opted for a switch back to Cuchulainns for the coming season.

Keating has opted out of the Breffni panel for 2017.

Irish Independent

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