Eight-time Olympic gold medalist and world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, has reportedly been offered a contract by Australia’s Central Coast Mariners.
The Jamaican’s agent Ricky Simms confirmed the news to Fairfax Media, saying: ‘In response to the media stories, yes, Usain has been offered a contract. I do not want to make any further comment at this stage.’
But the coach of Central Coast Mariners,Mike Mulvey, denied any knowledge of an offer but wondered if the Jamaican sprint king could fit into the team.
‘You have a look at our front line today and you wonder whether he could get into any of those positions, wouldn’t you?’, he 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.’
Also speaking on their 1-1 draw with Brisbane Roar on Sunday, the Mariners coach said:
‘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.’
The good news comes days after Bolt turned down a two-year offer to play for Valletta in the Maltese Premier League after having scored twice in a trial match for the Mariners.