Filip Kurto has laughed off claims that both he and his coach may be set to leave Wellington Phoenix at the end of the season.
The former Wisla Krakow youth and Polish U21 goalkeeper had a spotted and largely underwhelming career in the Dutch lower divisions before joining Wellington, but has proven to be one of the signings of the season.
As one of Rudan's first imports, it's possible Kurto may have an uncertain future at the club if the Australian coach leaves, as rumoured, to join Western United.
Kurto may even join Rudan at the 2019/20 A-League entrants, but if the Pole has his sights set on Melbourne, he isn't letting on.
"The level of the A-League and of Wellington is really good, it’s really cold, it’s what I like and it’s what I expected," he said. "On my off days I walk, I chill – it’s nice.
“We don’t think about losing Mark, we’re focusing on Saturday’s game and only Saturday’s game – we need to focus on what we’re bringing into each game and to ensure we come back to a good winning way."
In 18 appearances this season Kurto has made a whopping 75 saves - nine more than the A-League's next best, Lawrence Thomas. His save percentage of 75% is also equal highest with Glen Moss.
The Pole's fantastic form has been pivotal to a Nix side that, while offering excellent attacking football, have required the experience of Kurto and fellow newcomer, centreback Steven Taylor.
But despite Kurto's broken English and hesitancy in front of the media, Wellington have clearly marshalled the 27-year-old well in the art of the cliche.
"Of course when the team plays well, when you play well, feelings always grow – that’s not wrong...(but) it doesn’t matter (if he leaves)," he said.
"We’re going there for the three points, this is our target, it doesn’t matter that (next opponents) Central Coast Mariners are last, it’s going to be tough.
"We all try hard to achieve as a team, we’re going well and this is the most important thing.
"We don’t want to look behind at Newcastle because if we gain points then it doesn’t matter what happens behind us. Our target is top four, this is what we believe in."