Tommy Oar opens up on Usain Bolt departure

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The sprint king left quite an impression on the Central Coast

Usain Bolt has officially left Central Coast Mariners, but his temporary former teammates admit it would have been nice to see him stick around for the season.

While the eight-time gold medallist was offered a contract by the club, neither party were satisfied with what was put on the table with difficulties surrounding securing adequate financial backing.

As a result, Bolt parted ways with the club last week and is yet to confirm what his next steps will be in his pursuit of professional football.

After spending three months with the Mariners and scoring two famous goals in a trial, the Jamaican left quite an impression on the club with winger Tommy Oar admitting it would've been great to see him stick around.

"All the boys enjoyed having him here," Oar told Goal.

"First of all, he’s a great guy, got on well with all the boys. From a professional point of view it was great to have such an elite athlete around.

"No-one was sure how the whole situation would be resolved, but we all enjoyed having him here and we wish him all the best for future - which ever path he goes down.

"Of course it would’ve been nice if he was here to stay, but with not only him but all footballers, you see all the time players who you’re friends with are offered contracts and it’s not something you’re really involved in."

With Bolt currently in Melbourne, Oar revealed a number of the players are still in contact with the sprint king and they're clearly hoping he can turn his football dreams into a reality somewhere else.

Central Coast coach Mike Mulvey defended the club's decision to offer Bolt a trial, but admitted his decision not to sign isn't a loss for the club.

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"I don't think Usain Bolt is a loss," Mulvey said.

"I think we should absolutely celebrate the fact we had the world's greatest athlete on our shores in Australia on the Central Coast within our community and our club.

"I'll never back down from the fact that he was at our club. I think it was a great thing for him and also for us. It's a win-win situation." 

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