Usain Bolt offered Central Coast Mariners contract

Bolt’s pro football dream step closer after ‘contract offer’ from Aussie team

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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.

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"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.

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