CHANGING LANES Conor O’Malley from Westport is pictured during a Republic of Ireland press conference at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin in May 2018. Pic: Sportsfile
HE may be preparing to leave a professional career in English League soccer behind, but Conor O’Malley from Westport admits he would be interested in playing for the Mayo senior footballers in the future.
The Peterborough United goalkeeper’s contract with the League One outfit expires on June 30 at which stage he intends to step away from the professional game to focus on a career in the financial sector.
The 25 year-old, who lined out in goal for the Mayo minor footballers in 2012, says he is looking forward to getting back on the GAA field with his home club Westport first and foremost once sporting activities recommence.
“Of course, it [playing for Mayo] has crossed my mind,” he laughed, admitting that he expected to be asked the question. “But I don’t know.
“I will probably start playing for Westport first at some stage, and I liked to play outfield for the club. So I don’t know what they will think about that! But I’m interested definitely.
“I played in goal for Mayo as a county minor, but I actually played midfield all the way up for the club and four or five times for the Westport senior team until I got into the county minor set-up.
“I would probably say ‘no’ for this year [if a call-up came to the Mayo senior squad], because playing for Mayo right now is probably just as high a level as what I’m leaving.
“So I want to take a break from high level sport for a short while so I can try and enjoy playing again.
“I want to get away from that kind of environment and to experience something else.”