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Usain Bolt will be treated like normal trialist

Usain Bolt will be treated like normal trialist
Usan Bolt
Usain Bolt will be working off a clean slate when he begins his Central Coast Mariners trial with coach Mike Mulvey admitting he hasn't reviewed any footage of his failed stints with clubs around the world.

Bolt's long-held dream of becoming a professional footballer will live or die by the opinion of Mulvey, who has the first and final say as to whether he will be offered an A-League contract.

Mulvey will reserve judgment until the 31-year-old arrives later this month in Gosford, where the world's fastest man has agreed to live for the duration of his "indefinite" trial period.

"I've had three dozen guys coming in for trials, I haven't had time to go and watch [video of] every player that's come in for training," Mulvey told AAP.

"We've taken some advice from people who have seen players and that's how we've gone about our business, using our networks.

"I'm sure when he arrives he'll give a good account for himself and we'll see what happens from there.

"If it works, he will be offered a contract."

The club's decision to allow Bolt to train with the Mariners first team for an "indefinite" period has made headlines around the world but has been met with a mixed reaction in Australian soccer circles.

Some view it as a shameless gimmick at a time when A-League clubs should be looking closer at young Australian players, particularly those toiling away in state-based NPL competitions.

But Mulvey said those criticisms did not hold up to scrutiny, pointing to Central Coast's recruitment of Jordan Murray and Josh McDonald direct from the NSW NPL this week.

"We're [already] signing some players from the NPL, we're giving them an opportunity," Mulvey said.

"We've trialled over three dozen players from the NPL. We've trialled professional players.

"I'm looking at the A-League now, we're 14 years old and it's a bit like a washing machine -- players are being spat out from one club and going to another club. Some people have had five or six clubs in that 14 years.

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