Usain Bolt’s trial with Australian football club Central Coast Mariners has come to an end.
The Jamaican sprint legend, 32, made headlines when he joined the A-League side for an “indefinite training period” in August.
Having netted twice for the Mariners in a friendly, but did not play matches when the season began.
And the club announced Friday that efforts to secure a “commercial solution” to keep him at the club had failed.
The Mariners said last month they had made an offer broken down into “football” and “commercial” terms. However, it hinged on a contribution from a “third party”.
Despite several meetings with “several promising potential partners” no deal could be reached, the club said.
Mariners owner Mike Charlesworth thanked Bolt for his eight-week trial, describing it as a success.
“He integrated very well into the team and made great strides as a footballer,” Mr Charlesworth said.
The 100m and 200m world record holder has described it as his “dream” to play professional football.
“I would like to thank the Central Coast Mariners owners, management, staff, players and fans for making me feel so welcome during my time there,” he said on Friday.
Meanwhile, the 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.