Aspiring professional footballer Usain Bolt has rewarded the faith Central Coast Mariners placed in him by turning down a two-year contract with Maltese Premier League champions Valetta in the hope of scoring a contract with the A-League side.
The former sprinter, who holds the world record in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4×100 metres relay, has been training with Australian club Central Coast Mariners as he bids to start his football career. "The Valletta FC offer is always on the table". "We regularly receive similar approaches".
The A-League kicks off this weekend with the Mariners taking on the Brisbane Roar.
It appears Usain Bolt has all right to be angry about the random drug test, but in Australia, there is legislation that defines athletes as anyone who competes in any professional sports making them eligible for a drug test. Central Coast CEO Shaun Mielekamp has been noncommittal on Bolt's fixture in Gosford, stating "it's too early to tell" whether the eight-time Olympic gold medalist will clinch a contract off the back of his long-term trial.
"We were talking about how good it is for Bolt and the Mariners at news he was getting offers from European clubs".
Mariners captain Matt Simon dismissed suggestions the chronicles of Bolt were distracting the squad ahead of their A-League opener.
'"I don't think anything needs to be put to rest, we've covered that ad nauseam in the leadup, from when he was here to the game last week", Mulvey said.
Bolt who retired from athletics in 2017, has trained with Borussia Dortmund, South African club Sundowns and Norway's Stromsgodset.