5 Apr 2013

Central Coast say they didn't sack former Phoenix player

6:50 pm on 5 April 2013

The Central Coast Mariners have denied an Australian newspaper report it sacked midfielder Troy Hearfield over a failed drug test, saying he asked to be released.

The Daily Telegraph reported the former Wellington Phoenix footballer was sacked two months ago for failing a drugs test for a recreational drug.

Hearfield, who represented Australia at the Olympics, played for the Phoenix for three years before moving to Central Coast in 2011.

However, the Mariners have released a statement saying Hearfield wasn't sacked but asked to be released.

Hearfield, is awaiting the outcome of a tribunal hearing which could ban him from all sports for between one and five years.