Retired Jamaican sprinter and 100m world record holder Usain Bolt has been on trial with Australian A-League side Central Coast Mariners since August 2018.
The 32-year-old who had previously been training with Norwegian side Strømsgodsete made his debut for the Mariners in an August friendly coming on as a substitute against a Central Coast Select team made up of local players.
On 12 October, the former Olympic champion started in a friendly against amateur side Macarthur South West United. Bolt scored two goals for Central Coast as they beat the amateur club 4-0. He was seen to celebrate with his trademark pose on both occasions.
The sprinter’s agent Ricky Simms has come out saying: “I can confirm Usain has been offered a contract by Central Coast Mariners.”
Bolt was not in the Mariners squad on Sunday due to not being a registered player with the club. Despite this, the Yellow & Navy drew their first game of the season 1-1 with Brisbane Roar.
Central Coast boss Mike Mulvey spoke to the press following the match saying: “You have a look at our front line today and you wonder whether he could get into any of those positions, wouldn’t you?
“I do appreciate how important this story is for the rest of the world but you’re just talking about speculation. I don’t know anything about what you’re talking about – and that’s the honest truth.”
The Eight-time Olympic champion recently turned down a contract offer from Maltese giants Valletta.
However, with Mulvey shutting down rumours a contract has been offered by the Mariners, could a move to Malta be back on?
Valletta chief executive Ghasston Slimen said at the time of Bolt initially turning down a deal: “We wish Usain Bolt all the best with his football career. The Valletta FC offer is always on the table.”
Valletta forward Mario Fontanella spoke exclusively to MalteseFootball.com about the 200 metres world record holder: “It would be great to see Bolt playing in Malta. He is a champion, and even though I have never seen him as a player, he deserves all respect for this world.
“If it is his desire and a passion so great, I think he should play or at least try to make it as a player.
“It would be massive if he signed a deal in Malta and certainly for Valletta. All the media attention would be great for the country and the club. It would give a lot of visibility to the club and to us footballers.
“Although from what I have heard, it seems that he has refused the offer from Valletta.”