Tuesday 22 October 2019

'My Mayo days are done' - Cora Staunton rules out inter-county return

Cora Staunton says she is finished with Mayo
Cora Staunton says she is finished with Mayo

Harry Clarke

Cora Staunton has closed the door on any potential return to the Mayo set-up.

The Greater Western Sydney Giants star has not been involved with her county since last year's much-publicised 'player welfare' dispute with boss Peter Leahy when she, along with 11 other players, departed the panel.

Eight of those players were from Carnacon, Staunton's home club, with the fallout resulting in a sorrowful saga which saw Carnacon being removed from Mayo's league and championship before later being reinstated.

Staunton has previously hinted her Mayo days are finished and earlier this year Leahy confirmed the players who left had not returned and he was planning ahead without them.

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"I'd be the type of person who says never say never but my Mayo days are done certainly," Staunton told Jerome Quinn in Austrtalia.

"I've had 24 seasons playing with them, it's quite a long time. I've been lucky enough that I've played for that length of time and practically injury-free.

"I played every championship season and that's what's been huge. My focus will be on Carnacon when I go back. Last year was a rough year for us. In saying that, I think we won our 20th county title which is massive. We were pipped in the Connacht final by Kilkerrin/Clonberne, who are a smashing team.

"It'll be back to club when I get home. When the season finishes here, I'll take a little bit of time to rest the body.

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"It's been a long two or three years so I haven't had a break. All my focus will be on Carnacon and hopefully win a 21st county title, try and get back to win another Connacht and who knows after that.

"I'll certainly keep playing club as long as the body allows me to."

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