Olympic champion Usain Bolt was offered a professional contract with the Central Coast Mariners on Tuesday. The Mariners are the Australian A-League club that Bolt has been playing with for several months.
But it has been suggested that Bolt is likely to refuse the contract. The BBC reports that the Mariners have made a professional contract proposal broken down into “commercial” and “football” terms. However it’s suggested that without a financial contribution from a third-party, it’s unlikely that Bolt and the Central Coast Mariners will agree to the terms. Bolt also turned down a two-year deal with the Valletta FC earlier this month.
Bolt had his professional debut with the Mariners on August 31st, when nearly 10,000 people showed up to watch him play. Fans criticized Bolt’s 19 minutes of play in the August game, and called his skills underwhelming.
Bolt has been playing with the Central Coast Mariners for roughly two months now. Bolt scored the Mariner’s third and fourth goals in a game two weeks ago against the Macarthur South West to help his team to a 4-0 win.
The Mariners released a statement saying that Bolt has made great progression with them. “We feel that he will improve further with more individual intensive training and competitive game time.”