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‘I’ve nothing to apologise for’ -- Conor Mortimer

CONTROVERSIAL Mayo footballer Conor Mortimer has insisted that he has nothing to apologise for after quitting the county panel last July.

The record-breaking forward stunned the whole of Mayo by quitting on the eve of the Connacht final against Sligo after being omitted from the team by manager James Horan.

Next Sunday, the Westerners could win a first All-Ireland SFC title since 1951, but Mortimer has no regrets about his non-involvement in the big game. In an exclusive interview with the Irish Independent, Mortimer has opened his heart ahead of the clash with Donegal.

He reveals how he wishes for a Mayo win and admits that there are times when he misses not being involved any more. But Mortimer is adamant he has no reason to apologise for his bombshell decision to leave the Mayo panel.

The 30-year-old insists: "No. I didn't hang anyone, did I? If I was apologising to anyone it would be to the players at the time but no, that was it, I haven't heard from anyone really, if I'm honest."

Mortimer also insists that he had no problem buying into the style of play being employed by Mayo boss Horan (pictured, left). The former All Star explains: "I've always been a decent tackler. It was about getting in closer to players rather than standing off them and then making the hit. I enjoyed buying into it. It's just about working hard."

Mortimer also thanks those closest to him for the love and support they have offered him during what he admits has been a difficult few months.

Irish Independent