RECALLED Shairoze Akram is part of the Mayo senior team development panel. Pic: Sportsfile
As the countdown to their championship opener against New York continues, Mayo manager James Horan has trimmed his panel.
Six players were let go in recent weeks while more are part of an ancillary development panel.
Dropped from the squad after the league were Belmullet duo James Kelly and Ryan O’Donoghue; Westport’s Colm Moran, Breaffy’s Conor O’Shea, Cathal Horan from Kilmovee Shamrocks and Jason Gibbons from Ballintubber.
Of those six, only Moran and Gibbons featured in the league while O’Shea was togged on several occasions but never players.
The Mayo News understands that the full championship panel will be set at 35 players but there will also be a development panel, similar to other years.
It is believed that the development panel currently includes the following players: Westport young duo Ben Doyle and Oisin McLaughlin, Shairoze Akram from Ballaghaderreen, goalkeeper Micheál Schlingermann from Kiltimagh and Mikey Murray from Ballina.
On the injury front Keith Higgins returned to training at the weekend after missing out on club championship action with an ankle injury. Séamus O’Shea has yet to return to full training from an ankle ligament injury. The Breaffy man is getting married this coming weekend.
Tom Parsons continues to recover from his major knee injury picked up in last year’s Connacht championship defeat to Galway.