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Mortimer has 'no regrets' as he rules out Mayo return


Conor Mortimer

Conor Mortimer

Conor Mortimer

FORMER Mayo star Conor Mortimer insists he has "no regrets" about walking away from the county squad as his former team-mates prepare to kick-start their championship season against Galway on Sunday.

Last year's beaten All-Ireland finalists travel to Galway for the first time since Mortimer revealed a 'RIP Micheal Jackson' T-shirt under his jersey after scoring the game's key goal in 2009.

And after walking away from James Horan's side last year, the Parnells player insists he made the right move. "I have no regrets about the way last year panned out. I missed out on playing in another All-Ireland final alright, but you have to get on with things and forget about it.

"It was simple: the manager didn't fancy me, so I wasn't willing to hang around for that. It's no big thing. It is time to forget about it."

Mortimer, who transferred to Parnells from his native club Shrule-Glencorrib, reckons he's unlikely to pull on the Mayo jersey again.

"I don't think there is any chance I'll play for Mayo again. James has his 30 or so lads there that he wants to look at. You always think you might have something to offer, but once you get older you lose a bit of pace and your chance is gone."

Irish Independent