Tuesday 22 January 2019

Mayo manager Peter Leahy confirms that 12 players who walked away from squad have not returned

Captain of Carnacon Cora Staunton leads her team during the parade prior to the All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Club Championship Final in 2017. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Captain of Carnacon Cora Staunton leads her team during the parade prior to the All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Club Championship Final in 2017. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
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Mayo Ladies manager Peter Leahy has confirmed that the 12 players that walked away from the squad last summer have not returned.

Last season was a turbulent one for Mayo with a walkout of a dozen players - along with two members of the backroom team - citing "player welfare issues" derailing their championship preparations .

Eight of those players were from Carnacon - including ace attacker Cora Staunton - with the fallout resulting in a sorrowful saga which saw Carnacon being removed from Mayo's league and championship before later being reinstated.

Leahy confirmed that none of the players involved in the walkout have returned as he prepares Mayo for their league opener against Tipperary on February 3.

"None of the girls who left are back or have requested to come back," Leahy told RTE Sport.

"Everyone who has wanted to play for Mayo, and are good enough, and can give the commitment, have been with us in pre-season.

"We started with 50 players from 15 different clubs and we will cut the panel to 35 in the coming weeks. It's a new time for Mayo ladies and will need some time to develop."

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