A Mayo footballer in England is walking away from the sport, regardless of whether this English season resumes or not.
Peterborough goalkeeper Conor O’Malley has returned home to the Westport, with his contract with the English club expiring on June 30th.
The League One club gave him permission to make the dash to the ferry last Monday week when it became apparent this break would be a lengthy one.
He is still undergoing the training routine laid out by his employers and mapping out his runs on the Strava app.
The Irish Independent reports that the Mayo man envisages that his next trip over the water will be to gather up his things and leave for good.
Less than two years after a call into the Ireland senior squad, the ex-St Patrick’s Athletic netminder is actively seeking employment in the financial sector, the world he left behind in order to pursue a career in sport.
Even after he moved to England, he continued studying for his Chartered Financial Analyst qualifications, and the Irish elevation actually forced him to cancel his next set of exams.
Therefore, his CV has secured him interviews with prospective employers and he's following current affairs at the moment with another hat on given that coronavirus is radically altering the global financial picture.
His announcement is likely to cause a stir in the League of Ireland, and possibly also in GAA circles too considering that he was first choice for Mayo minors in his youth.