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Horan maintains open-door policy as All-Ireland fever builds

DONEGAL may have gone behind closed doors yesterday to avoid the pre-match hype ahead of the All-Ireland SFC final but Mayo will be sticking to their usual routine.

The Ulster champions checked into Carton House in Maynooth yesterday to start a four-day training camp that will also take them to Johnstown House Hotel in nearby Enfield for two days.

But Mayo boss James Horan stressed that they are not altering their usual programme.

"I said after the semi-final that we are just going to do our normal stuff, train at our normal times and normal places and prepare as well as we can and that's exactly what we're going to do," he said.

"There have been people in at our training since the semi-finals and we have an open day on Friday, from 6.30 to 7.30 (in Castlebar) and everyone is more than welcome to (come to) that."

Donegal had a similar meet-and-greet with their fans last week which attracted a crowd of 6,000 but it is not unusual for them to go into camp before a big game and they spent four days in Johnstown House this summer in between two of their Ulster SFC games.

Lee Keegan is Mayo's main fitness worry ahead of the final after badly dislocating his finger in the semi-final win over Dublin, while Richie Feeney is also believed to be carrying a slight calf injury.

Colm Boyle, who missed the Dublin game through illness, has returned to full training since.

Horan confirmed that Keegan has not yet been able to do any contact work but said he is "on track".

The Mayo boss was nonplussed about the fuss over his use of three blood replacements as well as five substitutes among the 22 players who played in their semi-final.

Dublin contemplated an appeal afterwards until they studied the rule book, which confirmed that Mayo had done nothing wrong, and Horan said last night he was always confident that they had not broken any rules.

"I would certainly rather have been able to leave the three players that got injured on the field, that would have been my first preference, but it worked out for us," he said.

Meanwhile, Conor Mortimer, who left the Mayo panel this summer, has said he has "no regrets".

"It was just a difference of opinion. I don't think I have regrets -- you make a decision in life and you go with it," he said.

"It's not easy watching them play and the final will be difficult but I'll go and have a look because I'll always be a supporter of the team."

Irish Independent