Australian football club, the Central Coast Mariners, have offered Usain Bolt a full-time playing contract, after his impressive trial, his agent Ricky Simms, has revealed.
Bolt, 32, netted a double in a practice game last weekend, but did not play in the Mariners’ 1-1 draw with the Brisbane Roar on Sunday.
News Corp Australia reports that the eight-time Olympic gold medalist was in Melbourne considering his options.
However, according to ESPN, he has now officially been offered terms by the Mariners,
“I can confirm Usain has been offered a contract by Central Coast Mariners,” his agent was quoted as saying.
Shaun Mielekamp, Mariners’ chief executive, reportedly tabled the contract offer with Bolt’s management over the weekend, with report suggesting that after the player turned down Valletta FC’s two-year offer, he will now consider whether he wants to play in the A-League.
After the game, Central Coast coach, Mike Mulvey, played down speculation of an impending deal for Bolt.
“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.”