Former world sprint champion Usain Bolt was recently offered a contract by Maltese side The 32-year-old has been offered a contract by Australia league side Central Coast Mariners. The Jamaican star spent a couple of weeks with the A-League side on trials and scored two goals in one of their pre-season friendlies.
The 32-year-old’s agent Ricky Simms has confirmed his Bolt has earned a contract with the A-League club.
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“In response to the media stories, yes, Usain has been offered a contract,” Simms said. “I do not want to make any further comment at this stage.”
However, the Mariners manager Mike Mulvey has insisted he is unaware of the offer.
“You have a look at our front line today and you wonder whether he could get into any of those positions, wouldn’t you?” Mulvey said. “I do appreciate how important this story is for the rest of the world.
“You’re just talking about speculation, I don’t know anything about what you’re talking about and that’s the honest truth.”
If the sprint legend puts pen in paper for the Mariners it will come as a surprise to Mulvey after suggesting the club would make a decision on Bolt until new year.
It's another contract offer for Usain Bolt!
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“We’re going to go back, have some dinner, have a little look at the game that’s on … then get on a plane tomorrow, go home and start preparing for Melbourne City next week,” he said. “That’s the plan.”
Bolt had earlier turned down a two-year deal to join Maltese champions Valletta who will be playing in next season’s Champions League play offs.
“Usain does not wish to pursue this Malta opportunity,” Bolt’s agent told ESPN.
“There is a lot of interest in Usain playing football. We regularly receive similar approaches.”
Valletta chief executive Ghasston Slimen wished Bolt all the best after failing to land the former Olympic 100m champion.
“We wish Usain Bolt all the best with his football career. The Valletta FC offer is always on the table.”
Meanwhile, Usain Bolt has questioned why he has received a notice for a drugs test from Australia’s anti-doping authority (Asada), saying he is not yet a professional footballer.
The eight-time Olympic sprint champion has been on trial with Central Coast Mariners and scored twice on his first start in a friendly on Friday.