The sprint king, Usain Bolt and Central Coast Mariners have amicably agreed to end the Jamaican’s training period after a suitable commercial agreement couldn’t be found.
Though the Mariners did offer the eight-time gold medalist a contract, the offer was a far cry from what the 32-year-old was after and though the club looked into finding commercial partners, both parties have agreed to end the trial.
Having been with the club since August and scored a famous double in a trial match last month, Bolt thanked the club for giving him a chance.
“I would like to thank the Central Coast Mariners owners, management, staff, players and fans for making me feel so welcome during my time there,” Bolt said.
“I wish the club success for the season ahead.”
Mariners owner Mike Charlesworth was a key figure in organising the trial and though disappointed a deal couldn’t be struck, praised Bolt’s commitment to the club and the light he shone on the club and Australian competition.
“Despite the fact that we could not come to an agreement that would continue Usain Bolt’s football journey with the Central Coast Mariners, we’ve been thrilled to have the Olympic champion sprinter and world record holder as part of our Club for these past eight weeks,” Charlesworth said.
“For the Mariners, it’s been a pleasure to work with Usain as he pursued his desire to become a professional football player.
“This has been a mutually beneficial partnership that brought an increased level of excitement and attention to both the Mariners and the A-League.
“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.”
It’s unclear what Bolt’s immediate plans are, but having received a contract offer from Maltese side Valletta last month, he shouldn’t have a problem finding another suitor to keep his football dream rolling