Oar likely to make Mariners move

08 September 2018 08:57:34 EST

Tommy Oar looks set to join Central Coast Mariners, after becoming a free agent.

The Australia international winger had been with APOEL in Cyprus since last June.

He will return for a third stint in the A-League, having had two separate spells with Brisbane Roar.

It was Oar's form in his first time with the Roar that earned him a move to Dutch side FC Utrecht at the age of 18.

Oar played more than 100 games for Utrecht, then moved to Ipswich Town for a season in the English Championship in 2015-16.

The player was able to secure his exit from APOEL with the help of Professional Footballers Australia.

A natural left-sided attacker who played 28 times for the Socceroos - including at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil - Oar will join a Mariners squad that's also set to feature Ross McCormack.

Coach Mike Mulvey is continuing his efforts to bring in on a loan deal the Scotland international striker, who previously had a successful loan stint with Melbourne City.

Meanwhile, Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt is putting his Mariners stint on hold for a week as he will fulfil a previously planned commitment overseas.

Bolt has come through the first three weeks of his trial with the Gosford club, and made his debut against Central Coast Select in a friendly.

He came off the bench for an 18-minute cameo but looked well short of match fitness.

The 32-year-old will be on a break until 16th September and then return to resume his bid to earn a professional contract.

Central Coast are 25/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Mariners are 23/10 to win their first game of the season against Brisbane, who are 1/1 with the draw 14/5.

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