Sunday 18 November, 2018

‘Yes, no’ about contract offer for Bolt from the Mariners

Usain Bolt (right) on the ball.

Usain Bolt (right) on the ball.

Uncertainty surrounds whether global sprint sensation, Jamaican Usain Bolt now has a contract offer from the Central Coast Mariners in Australia.

Bolt has been on trial in his bid to become a professional soccer player.

His agent, Ricky Simms is reported to have said that the eight-time Olympic sprint gold medalist has received an A-League contract offer from the club, but the club’s manager, Mike Mulvey is reported to have said that he knew nothing of that.

Simms himself declined to make any detailed comment when he was asked about the reported development, except to ‘confirm’ the existence of an offer.

But Mulvey is reported to have denied knowing of a contract offer, and was said to have added to the mystery by expressing skepticism about whether Bolt could fit into the team.

Bolt retired from track and field in 2017 and has since been pursuing a football career, with his latest and most sustained bid being with the Mariners. He has been on trial there for several months and scored two goals in a trial match just over a week ago.

Mulvey recently said it could take until January to determine if Bolt can make it in professional football, and indicated then that Bolt was not heavily on his radar.

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