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.
Just seven weeks into trialling with the Mariners, based north of Sydney, Bolt has yet to sign with the club but grabbed global headlines on the weekend after scoring two goals in a trial match.
The Jamaican Olympic goal medallist’s agent, Ricky Simms, confirmed to Omnisport “that Usain does not want to pursue the opportunity in Malta”, where the club aspires to the Champions League.
Simms said the champion sprinter was “regularly approached by clubs from all over the world” but for now is seeing through his efforts with the Mariners, where he committed to an indefinite training period with the club, having trained there so far for seven weeks.
The A-League kicks off this weekend with the Mariners taking on the Brisbane Roar.
The world’s fastest man’s chances of scoring a contract increased dramatically on the weekend when he scored two goals on his first run for the Mariners in 4-0 win in a pre-season game against Macarthur South West United.
BOLT HAS HIS BRACE! ⚡️
— Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) October 12, 2018
After the match, Bolt said he was happy with the progress he was making and was working on his fitness to get to a level where he can play for 45 minutes – half a game.
Following his success on the weekend, Mariners winger Tommy Oar said the entire club wanted Bolt to stick with them, and Football Federation Australia CEO boss David Gallop has said the organisation is prepared to offer financial assistance to the club to sign the Olympic champion as a marquee player.