Central Coast Mariners has terminated the contract of world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt after trial period at the A-League club.
Bolt arrived in Australia in August and scored two goals in a practice match last month against A-League aspirants Macarthur South West United, however he never played an A-League game.
Usain Bolt had been trying out with the A-League side for an indefinite period since arriving in August, hoping to fulfil a childhood dream to become a soccer player.
The 100m world record holder, who retired from athletics last year and has previously tried out with clubs in Germany, South Africa and Norway, thanked the Mariners for the opportunity.
Bolt abilities were questioned as he had reportedly asked for a deal of around $3 million, but the Mariners’ offer was reportedly in the vicinity of $150,000.He turned down Central Coast Mariners’ offer
Bolt’s representative Ricky Simms and the A-League club had been in conversations with external partners to find a “commercial solution” for the sprinter to continue playing.The Mariners said he had made “significant progress” in his time training and playing at the club.
The club owner Mike Charlesworth thanked Bolt for his time with the Mariners. “We’ve been thrilled to have the Olympic champion sprinter and world record holder as part of our club,” he said. “From day one, Usain dedicated himself to being part of the Mariners.
“He integrated very well into the team and made great strides as a footballer.”