Usain Bolt offered deal by Australian A-League soccer club, says agent

Usain Bolt on the ball

Usain Bolt on the ball

The 100m world-record holder, who retired from athletics a year ago, has previously tried out with clubs in Germany, South Africa and Norway.

"...the marquee fund has secured people like Keisuke Honda and Sam Kerr with football pedigree and Usain Bolt has yet to become a professional footballer anywhere in the world".

Bolt, 32, did not feature in that game as he is not registered, and even if he takes up the reported contract offer, he would need to wait until January to feature for the Mariners in the league.

Bolt's long-time agent Ricky Simms has said that the eight-time Olympic sprint gold medalist has received a contract offer from the Mariners however Mulvey said he knew nothing about it.

The Mariners on Monday would neither confirm nor deny making an official offer to Bolt, who has been training with them for most of the past two months.

Bolt has reportedly been offered a deal worth $150,000 per year, which is quite less to the $3m that his management had discussed initially with the club.

"In response to the media stories, yes, Usain has been offered a contract".

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However, the talk of a Mariners offer to Bolt appeared to be news to the team's coach, Mike Mulvey.

Mielekamp was asked shortly before the Mariners' A-League opener with Brisbane Roar on Sunday and replied, according to The Australian : "I can't comment... and I want to concentrate on the game".

He also added that the Football Federation Australia (FFA) would not be able to step in and cover any of the costs although he did say there have been "marketing conversations".

Mulvey said post-game: "I don't know anything about what you're talking about and that's God's honest truth".

It's a tricky one for Mariners because Bolt has already raised their profile by just being associated with the club and he'll no doubt put arses in seats if he does sign on - but then again, he's not very good at football, is he?

The 100m and 200m world record holder had recently declined a two-year contract from Maltese champions Valletta FC.

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