Usain Bolt’s run with the Central Coast Mariners is over.
The fateful tweet dropped around midday:
We wish @usainbolt all the best in his future endeavours and thank him for being a part of the Mariners Family.
— Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) November 2, 2018
The Central Coast Mariners and Usain Bolt’s representative Ricky Simms can today advise that the indefinite training period of Usain Bolt with the Mariners has drawn to an end, effective immediately.
There’s no exact detail of what brought the split about, only talk of being unable to “find a commercial solution that suits all parties”.
Bolt thanked the club “for making me feel so welcome”. Central Coast Mariners owner, Mike Charlesworth, said the club was “thrilled to have the Olympic champion sprinter and world record holder” on-board for eight weeks.
Charlesworth praised Bolt’s dedication and integration into the team, and said he made “great strides as a footballer”.
For Mariners’ fan, Bolt’s main legacy will be the two goals he scored in a 4-0 trial match win against Macarthur South West United:
— Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) October 12, 2018
Bolt hadn’t trained with the squad all week. But his football career doesn’t look over yet.
Earlier this week, Jamaican FA chief Michael Ricketts told ESPN that the national team “would certainly welcome someone like Usain”.
“If he can make the transition from being a superstar on the track to being a good enough football player, then we will certainly call him up.”