Usain Bolt transfer interest far from Mike Mulvey's mind

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The Mariners coach refused to bite when asked about transfer interest in the club's star triallist

While Usain Bolt's trial with Central Coast Mariners has grabbed the world's attention, club coach Mike Mulvey remains fully focused on the players he'll actually be able to use against Brisbane Roar on Sunday. 

Mulvey will return to Brisbane for the first time since he was sacked by the club four years ago and is desperate to start his tenure as Mariners coach on the right note.

Though Bolt has stolen the headlines, Central Coast have undergone a significant squad overhaul and that's where Mulvey's focus lies ahead of kick-off.

Recent reports suggested Bolt was offered but subsequently rejected a contract from a Maltese club, a situation the Mariners coach wanted no part of.

"I haven't read that, I haven't been involved in all that and I'm really not interested in it to tell you the truth," Mulvey said.

"I'm interested in the players that I've got in the squad, who I'm very happy with. 

"I don't think anything needs to be put to rest. The focus is on the team, I've got 23 full-time professional footballers who have put blood, sweat and tears throughout the whole of the pre-season and they're ready to go."

After scoring twice in a trial match last week, Bolt has turned even more heads but Mulvey's adamant the Jamaican won't be a distraction this season. 

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"No, not at all," he said. 

"It's well documented he's been great among the guys, very happy with his two goals last week but we move on."

Whether moving on will involve handing Bolt a contract remains to be seen with Football Federation Australia not prepared to use their marquee funds on the superstar should the Mariners deem him worthy of a deal. 

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