Sunday 26 January, 2020

Bolt, Mariners deal on the rocks - reports

Usain Bolt in action with Australia's Central Coast Mariners.

Usain Bolt in action with Australia's Central Coast Mariners.

Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt is expected to part ways with Australia's Central Coast Mariners after reportedly rejecting a contract offer by the A-League side on Tuesday (Australia time).

Negotiations reportedly stalled over money, with the offer being much less than what Bolt's camp had been expecting. The offer tabled would also see Bolt playing on a second tier team, according to reports.

The eight-time Olympic champion has been on trial with the Mariners for several months in a bid to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional footballer. He scored two goals in a trial match nearly two weeks ago in his first start, which had fueled anticipation that he had done enough to earn a contract with the club.

Bolt's agent Ricky Simms said Sunday that the eight-time Olympic sprint gold medalist had received an A-League contract offer from the Central Coast Mariners. However, in perhaps the first sign that there could be hiccups, Mariners coach Mike Mulvey not only denied any knowledge of a contract offer, but apparently expressed doubt that Bolt could fit into the team.

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