Usain Set To Leave Central Coast Mariners And Bolt To Malta

Well, that was fun while it lasted.

The A-League starts this weekend and everybody was wondering whether Usain Bolt would get himself a full-time spot on the Central Coast Mariners playing roster after his excellent performance in a trial last weekend.

The answer to that question now seems to be irrelevant, with Bolt appearing set to take off for Europe.

Overnight, the 32-year-old eight-time Olympic gold medallist's agent, Tony Rallis, told ESPN that a club in Europe has offered Bolt a two-year deal.

"They have been taken over by new owners who have aspirations of Champions League football," Rallis said.

Hahahaha. Good luck beating this bloke to the ball, fellas. Image: Getty

ESPN said the club in question was Valletta FC, a club based in the Maltese capital of Valletta. They are the reigning football champs on the small Mediterranean island nation, and have aspirations to play in the Champions League alongside Europe's greatest talent.

And let's be honest:"Bolt to Malta" has a nice ring to it.

But does the greatest sprinter of all time have what it takes to transform from a Mariner to a Maltese?

If his form last weekend is any guide, perhaps he does.

Lightning struck twice on the weekend in the Mariners' friendly match against Macarthur South West United -- an invitational team comprised of south west Sydney-based players drawn from the tier of football below the A-League.

There was this beauty, which really showed some quality finishing. The Jamaican, a keen amateur footballer for many years, can actually play.

Then there was this one, which really should have been accompanied by wacky comedy music.

Whether Bolt's mooted move to Malta is a publicity stunt or a pure football trade remains to be seen.