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Mayo shock as Conor Mortimer opts off the county side ahead of Connacht final

Updated: Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 20:51 | Comments

Mortimer's decision is sure to be a distraction for Mayo as they bid to to retain their provincial title
Mortimer's decision is sure to be a distraction for Mayo as they bid to to retain their provincial title

Conor Mortimer has quit the Mayo football panel on the eve of Sunday's Connacht football final against Sligo.

The veteran forward was left out of the side for their semi-final win over Leitrim and failed to win back his place for the decider with Enda Varley getting the nod at corner forward.

Mortimer overcame a career threatning injury just two seasons ago to return to the Mayo fold, but now looks set now to concentrate on his club football with Parnells in Dublin.

A statement from the Mayo county board read: "Due to personal reasons, Conor Mortimer has decided to leave the current Mayo senior football panel.

The management, players and county board would like to take this opportunity to thank Conor Mortimer for his services this year to Mayo GAA and indeed for his services throughout the years.

Conor has been a great servant to football in the county and his contributions will live long in the hearts in Mayo people.

"We would also like to state the the door is always open for any player who is showing the skills, commitment, ability and passion for Mayo now and in the future." 

Mortimer is the second Mayo player to leave the panel this week after goalkeeper Rob Hennelly also took the decision to make himself unavailable for selection.

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