Quitting Mayo was a mistake, admits Mortimer
13 September 2017
Conor Mortimer's Michael Jackson goal celebration during the 2009 Connacht SFC final.
If Conor Mortimer could wind back the clock, he probably wouldn't have turned his back on his Mayo inter-county career.
The 2006 All-Star's days in the county jersey came to a premature end after he fell out with then-manager James Horan in 2012.
“If I’d have known I’d never play for Mayo again I probably wouldn’t have done it,” Mortimer admitted on RTÉ’s 'The Geansaí'.
“But who was to know what was going to happen when I did.
“We all make mistakes, I suppose, and that would have been one of mine.
“It was hard, the months after or even the year or two after you have a slight depression [from] it because you know there’s no going back.
“It’s your call to leave but it’s not your call to go back.
“If I’d the same feelings now as I had then I’d probably do the same thing again. It was probably unhealthy for me because I just wasn't happy.
“I might have thought about it a little bit longer maybe, to see the exact reasons but to be honest I don’t think I was going to get the exact reasons.
“I don’t think that honesty was there between player and manager.”