Mickey Conroy the big casualty in Mayo cull
Published 06/05/2016 | 02:30
Mickey Conroy is the highest-profile casualty as Mayo football manager Stephen Rochford trims back his squad ahead of the Connacht Championship.
Conroy is one of a number of players released from an expanded squad that has been operating during the League. Mark Ronaldson and Mickey Sweeney, who have been on the fringes in recent years, have also been let go, in addition to defender Shane McHale.
Five of Castlebar Mitchels' All-Ireland finalists will return to their club after being brought in following their defeat to Ballyboden St Enda's: Neil Douglas, Danny Kirby, Eoghan O'Reilly, Donie Newcombe and Ger McDonagh.
Conroy, a popular member of the Mayo squad, suffered a shoulder injury that ended his involvement prior to last year's All-Ireland semi-final with Dublin and has struggled to regain form.
He has had a long association with Mayo going back to 2004 when he featured in the All-Ireland final defeat to Kerry.
He missed a number of years but revived his inter-county career during James Horan's four-year reign and featured as a substitute in the 2013 All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin.
The process of finalising the squad will continue with prospects of inclusion for some of their recent All-Ireland U-21 winners.