MAYO have abandoned a planned training camp in the Catskill Mountains scheduled for after their Connacht Championship opening fixture against New York in May.
With over one third of the panel due to sit third-level exams that month, manager John O'Mahony has said it simply wasn't feasible for them to stay on in America after the game against New York.
"We have decided to cancel our plans as far too many of the panel will be in the middle of their third-level exams. The real purpose of the training camps is for the entire panel to get away together mainly for a bonding few days together. It would be senseless when you could be missing anything up to a third of the panel," confirmed O'Mahony.
The Connacht side will be without Conor Mortimer (broken nose), Trevor Howley (ankle) and Pat Harte (work commitments) for their opening NFL game against Derry in Ballina on February 1. Trevor Mortimer is back from injury, however, and last year's captain Ronan McGarrity has also returned after his honeymoon.
All-Ireland U-21-winning 'keeper and member of the senior panel in 2007, Kenneth O'Malley, has also returned after a 14-month lay-off following a car crash.
O'Malley made his comeback for UL against Waterford in the McGrath Cup semi-final.
Finally, the Mayo ladies' football squad have announced Tuam man Kevin Reidy will take charge for the 2009 season.