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Central Coast offer trials to New Caledonia and Sheffield United

Central Coast Mariners have looked abroad for players to tighten up their squad.

The Mariners have opened up trial invitations to the New Caledonia Football Federation (NCFF) and English club Sheffield United.

Two of the trialists from New Caledonia are delighted to have been given the opportunity to train with the A-League club.

Jonathan Kakou said through a translator, "Our federation and the Mariners have a partnership.

"They [the NCFF] asked us if we would be interested to train with the Mariners and we said yes."

Kayara Roy said it was tough because he speaks little English but was made feel welcome by the Mariners players.

"Communication is difficult because we speak little english," Roy said.

"The players here, though, make us feel very welcome.

"I think the standard here is quite different to New Caledonia. In Australia the game is very fast and physical."

The duo have represented New Caledonia in the World Cup qualifiers for Oceania recently and are highly rated by their federation although it is unsure if either will win a contract with the Mariners.

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