Mayo defender opts out of squad after All-Ireland club final as he plans to go travelling

Tom Cunniffe will not be rejoining the Mayo senior squad.

MAYO FOOTBALL DEFENDER Tom Cunniffe has opted out of the county senior football setup ahead of the 2016 championship as he intends to go travelling.

Tom Cunniffe Tom Cunniffe pictured in action for Mayo against Cork in the 2014 All-Ireland quarter-final Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

The Mayo News has reported that Cunniffe has made the decision not to take up an invitation from manager Stephen Rochford to rejoin the county senior football squad.

It is reported that Cunniffe intends to go travelling in the coming months and with the final round of the Allianz football league next Sunday, it seems unlikely that he will link back up this summer with the Mayo setup.

Cunniffe has not featured for Mayo to date in 2016 but that is due to his focus being on his club Castlebar Mitchels campaign in the AIB All-Ireland senior football championship.

Castlebar Mitchels hopes of All-Ireland glory were dashed in St Patrick’s Day when they lost out against Ballyboden St-Enda’s, consigning them to a second final defeat in three years against Dublin opponents.

Cunniffe last featured for Mayo in their All-Ireland quarter-final win over Donegal last August. He came off during that game with a hamstring injury and did not feature in the two-game All-Ireland semi-final saga against Dublin.

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An experienced defender, Cunniffe started in the 2013 All-Ireland final loss against Dublin while he also started the All-Ireland semi-final draw and replay against Kerry in 2014.

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