Usain Bolt offered Central Coast Mariners contract

Getty Images

Getty Images

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

While the world outside Gosford seems to be following every detail of Bolt's bid to become a professional footballer, it hasn't managed to captivate one of the A-League's most experienced central defenders.

Usain Bolt's dream of playing professional football looks increasingly like becoming a reality after the sprint king was offered a full-time contract by Australian team Central Coast Mariners, according to his agent.

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.

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".

Club manager Mike Mulvey said after the club's season-opening 1-1 draw with Brisbane Roar on Sunday that he knew nothing about any contract, even if he admitted such matters would be well above his "pay grade".

Former Australia head coach Ange Postecoglou thinks the Mariners have benefited from increased global coverage in recent weeks, but he does not believe Bolt, now 32, would be a wise signing.

Paula Abdul Falls Off Stage During 'Straight Up' Tour
Paula Abdul is nursing a few bumps and a bruised ego after falling off the stage during a gig in MS on Saturday night. Paula was performing "Promise Of A New Day" and stepping towards the crowd when she suddenly fell off the stage.

Draft Trump Admin Memo Narrowly Defines Gender, Uses Genetic Testing
HHS will likely also encourage other federal agencies to follow suit in their severely restrictive and narrow definition of sex. Title IX is the federal law that bars gender discrimination in education programs that receive federal funding.

Spurs captain praised by fans for excellent display against West Ham
Many fans feel he is playing the best football of his Spurs career and, although Pochettino is happy, he wants to see him sustain his form.

"I do appreciate how important this story is for the rest of the world".

"But as for funding him as a footballer, then the FFA has been consistent in that they won't fund him".

"You're just talking about speculation".

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

After seemingly impressing leading officials at the A-League outfit, Bolt's representatives have suggested the eight-time Olympic champion has been offered a contract with the club.

On Sunday, it was reported Bolt's representatives had been sent a proposed contract by Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp in recent days.

Latest News