League boss confirms Usain Bolt contract offer

Usain Bolt on the ball

Usain Bolt on the ball

Usain Bolt has been offered a contract by Australian side Central Coast Mariners, according to the agent of the multiple Olympic champion.

The eight-time gold medallist has been on trial with the New South Wales club and scored his first goals in a friendly last weekend.

Mariners owner Mike Charlesworth had initially pledged A$1.5 million, but the deal now offered to the sprinter was much less than this, it added.

Despite Bolt failing to show in Brisbane for the side's 1-1 draw with the Roar on Sunday, The Australian reported the 32-year-old was in Melbourne considering his options after being tabled a deal. "I don't know anything about what you're talking about and that's God's honest truth". I don't know anything about that.

Reports of the deal surfaced during the contest, with Mariners boss Shaun Mielekamp reportedly having tabled a contract with Bolt's management over the weekend.

He has also reportedly been offered a two-year contract by Valletta FC in Malta - a deal he is believed to have rejected to get a better deal with the Mariners.

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Reports of the contract offer to Bolt emerged midway through the game but Mariners coach Mike Mulvey said post-game he was unaware of the development.

"The marquee fund has secured players like [Melbourne Victory attacker] Keisuke Honda and [W-League star] Sam Kerr, people with football pedigree".

"It's great he's raising the profile of the league I suppose but I don't have an opinion on whether he's good enough or not football-wise, I haven't seen enough of him".

"Having said that, I understand from Central Coast Mariners that they have tabled an offer to Bolt's management, which he is now considering".

"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.

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