Usain Bolt has reportedly been offered a contract to play for A-League side Central Coast Mariners, but the club’s coach said he was in the dark about any plans to make the former sprinter’s dream a reality.
Bolt’s agent Ricky Simms yesterday said the eight-time Olympic gold medallist had been offered a professional contact, following the Jamaican‘s extended trial period with the club.
Fairfax Media reports he is still mulling over the terms of the contract. Theoretically, Bolt would be able to take to the pitch in the A-League the moment after putting pen to paper, completing his quest to become a pro footballer.
The Mariners have not officially commented on the matter. However, coach Mike Mulvey was more open about the apparent deal.
Speaking immediately after last night’s 1-1 draw against Brisbane Roar, Mulvey told Fox Sports “it’s news to me,” and expressed his doubts over the 32-year-old’s chances of breaking into the team.
“Do you think he’d get in our front three?” Mulvey asked a reporter, expressing his confidence in the club’s current forward line.
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Mariners coach Mike Mulvey responds to @DanielGarb after reports surfaced that Usain Bolt has been offered a contract by the Central Coast Club.
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At a post-match press conference, Mulvey said he appreciated the interest in Bolt as a potential soccer success story, but maintained he was in the dark about any potential contract.
“You’re just talking about speculation,” Mulvey said.
“I don’t know anything about what you’re talking about – and that’s god’s honest truth.”
Bolt has been training with the club on an extended trial period, and scored two goals in the side’s non-league win over battlers MacArthur South West United.
While his sporting legacy has never been doubted, questions have been asked about his ability to compete at the top level of Australian soccer.
If Simms’ report is accurate, we may see if Bolt can actually crack in some goals against the nation’s best.
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