Mayo manager Peter Leahy has issued a statement following the departure of 12 players earlier this week, saying that that they have not all left for the same reason.

Team captain Sarah Tierney, vice-captain Fiona McHale and Cora Staunton are among the players who have left, along with two team selectors and a statement released via the Women's Gaelic Players' Association (WGPA) cites player welfare issues as their reason for quitting mid-season.

Speaking after Mayo' 3-23 to 4-13 victory over Cavan in their TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship Group 4 Round 1 clash, Leahy divulged the timeline of the events and said "it is incorrect to state that they have all left for the same apparent reasons."

One player who has left the panel has apparently "not given any communication to any member of the county management to date" regarding the reasons for their departure, while others have left for personal reasons, according to Leahy's statement.

The Mayo boss explained that he received a phone call from a club secretary on Thursday 5 July, informing him that eight members of said club were withdrawing from the club for player welfare issues 10 days before their All-Ireland championship clash with Cavan.

After informing the county board chairman and remaining members of the panel about those departures, four more members stepped away from the panel over the next five days.

Three of those players contacted the team's liaison officer to explain that they are leaving the panel for "purely personal reasons and not for the reasons quoted by the previous 8."

He also reiterated the statement released by the Mayo LGFA County Executive earlier this week, which said that they are continuing to give "all the appropriate helped to all parties involved and will continue with the process set in place."

He declined to make a comment about any of the players who have withdrawn from the panel.

The full statement reads as follows:

"On behalf of myself, as manager, and my management team, I would like to give the following statement regarding the events over the last week.

"Firstly, I will not be discussing anything about any of the girls who have left the panel as there is a process in place and agreement in place, which I want to adhere to, in order to get the best possible outcome for Mayo Ladies.

"However, I do want to address the statement and the implications of the statement made on behalf of some of the girls who have left the panel.

"Firstly, it's correct that 12 girls who were on the panel have left, but it is incorrect to state that they have all left for the same apparent reasons. 

"We will go through the timeline and the facts of how, we, as management heard of the players' departure.

"On Thursday 15 July, roughly one hour before our training session in COE in Bekan and 10 days from our All-Ireland series championship match, I received a call from a particular club secretary. I was informed by the said person that all eight members of the club were withdrawing from the county panel on the grounds of player welfare.

"I immediately informed the County Board chairperson, who in turn set the appropriate process in place. I then informed the remaining members of the panel of the club's decision and we went on to have a full session with the remaining panel that night.

"Over the next five days, for more members of the panel removed themselves from the county panel. Three of the four wrote messages to our Liaison Officer stating purely personal reasons for leaving the panel and the reasons quoted by the previous 8.

"The other member who has removed herself from the county panel has not given any communication to any member of the county management to date.

"As previously stated in the Mayo LGFA County Executive statement they are continuing to give all the appropriate help to all parties involved and will continue with the process set in place. As manager, I want to clearly state at no stage has any player ever been asked to leave the panel and I respect every player's right to choose to be involved at county level or to leave the panel.

"We are very proud of the girls who took to the field today and how they have handled themselves over the last few days. They have conducted themselves in a very professional and respectful way in the face of immense emotional pressure.

"I would like to thank the rest of my management team for their honesty, courage, endeavour and faith in our process. I would like to thank the County Board Executive who have moved so swiftly, meeting all parties listening to the facts and putting in place the process deemed necessary for the good of Mayo Ladies,

"I would also like to thank them for their full support both for myself and my management and the players representing Mayo today.

"Thank you for your time and I will not be answering any further questions on the matter in respect of agreements made out of respect for all the players involved."