Cora Staunton has firmly shut the door on a return to inter-county action with Mayo following the conclusion of her second season playing in the AFLW.
The 37-year-old is set to make a decision on her future with the Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants soon, but the four-time All-Ireland winner has confirmed that she won’t be pulling on the green and red of Mayo anymore.
Staunton made headlines around the country last season when she was one of 12 players to walk away from the Mayo set-up following a highly-publicised falling out with the manager, Peter Leahy.
The row rumbled on following Mayo’s exit from the championship as her club Carnacon (All-Ireland champions at the time) were controversially eliminated from the county championship following the walkout.
They were eventually reinstated and went on to retain their county title before falling in the Connacht decider.
Speaking to Jerome Quinn, Staunton confirmed that her Mayo days are certainly over and that her attention will focus solely on Carnacon when she returns to the Emerald Isle.
“I’d be the type of person who says never say never alright, but my Mayo days are done certainly,” she told Quinn.
“I’ve had 24 seasons playing with them, it’s quite a long time. Lucky enough, I’ve played for that length of time practically injury-free.
“I played every championship season and that’s been huge. My focus will be on Carnacon when I go back. Last year obviously was a rough year for us. In saying that, I think we won our 20th county title out of 21 which is massive. We were pipped in the Connacht final by Kilkerrin/Clonberne, who are a smashing team.
“It’ll be back to club when I get home. When the season finishes here, I’ll take a little bit of time to rest the body.
“It’s been a long two or three years so I haven’t had a break. All my focus will be on Carnacon and hopefully win a 21st county title, try and get back to win another Connacht and who knows after that.
“I’ll certainly keep playing with club as long as the body allows me to.”
Here’s to one of the greatest Gaelic footballers to ever grace a field. Congratulations on a fantastic inter-county career Cora!