Usain Bolt Offered Mariners Contract: Reports
The Central Coast Mariners have offered Usain Bolt a professional contract, The Australian reports.
The contract was reportedly offered to Bolt's management on Saturday by Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp.
The length of the contract and payment details are not yet known, said The Australian.
It is also unknown if Football Federation Australia would allow money from the marquee top-up fund to be spent on the former sprinter.
The latest contract offer comes as a two-year offer from Maltese club Valletta FC was declined by Bolt, as confirmed by his manager on CNN on Thursday.
However Mariners coach, Mike Mulvey, deflected questions about the supposed contract offer, when speaking to reporters after his team's match against Brisbane Roar on Sunday.
"You have a look at our front line today and you wonder whether he could get into any of those positions, wouldn't you?" he said.
"I do appreciate how important this story is for the rest of the world.
"You're just talking about speculation, I don't know anything about what you're talking about and that's the honest truth."
Bolt joined the Mariners for an "indefinite training period" in August, and has played in friendlies, including against Macarthur South West when he scored two goals.
At the time, Bolt said the trial match could define his career at the club.
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"This is going to be a big game. I think it will determine if the club makes up its mind on what to do with my career," he said before the match.
Bolt is believed to be in Melbourne this weekend to consider his options, while the Mariners are in Brisbane for their first A-League match of the season against the Roar.
The Central Coast Mariners have been contacted for comment.