Conor Mortimer has been approached about becoming a member of Ireland’s Olympic Handball European Championships team.
According to today’s Irish Examiner the Mayo footballer, who left the county panel days before their Connacht final earlier this month, is understood to be considering the invitation.
The 30-year-old was contacted by the Irish Olympic Handball Association (IOHA) shortly after he left James Horan’s camp prior to the Sligo game.
The IOHA general manager Lúcás Ó Ceallacháin wouldn’t confirm to the paper whether they had been in touch with Mortimer. However, he admitted they would be interested in the Shrule man becoming a part of their preparations ahead of a trip to Estonia at Halloween. The IOHA has recently launched a talent transfer programme whereby they hope to attract athletes from other sports.
Mortimer’s availability is likely to depend on Parnells’ involvement in the Dublin SFC. Ireland play their opening qualification game for the 2014 European Championships next October when they face Estonia.They then face Belgium (twice) and Estonia again here next spring and summer.