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'When the manager changed his mind and didn't want me, that was a relief to me' - Why Conor O'Malley is walking away from soccer

Two years ago, Conor O'Malley was in the Ireland squad. Now, he's home from England and explains to Daniel McDonnell why he has no intention of going back

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Conor O'Malley is pictured during an Ireland squad training session at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown back in May 2018. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Conor O'Malley is pictured during an Ireland squad training session at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown back in May 2018. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Conor O'Malley is pictured during an Ireland squad training session at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown back in May 2018. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

As an out-of-favour footballer with a contract that expires on June 30, the assumption is that Conor O'Malley is in the dark about where his career stands right now.

But the 25-year-old knows exactly what he's doing, and that is walking away from the sport, regardless of whether this English season resumes or not.

The Peterborough goalkeeper is back home in Mayo, still undergoing the training routine laid out by his employers and mapping out his runs on the Strava app. He will honour his contract in that regard.