A-League club confirm offer to Olympic champion Bolt


SYDNEY (Reuters) – Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has been offered a professional football contract by the Central Coast Mariners, the Australian A-League club said on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Central Coast Mariners v Central Coast Select – Central Coast Stadium, Gosford, Australia – August 31, 2018 Central Coast Mariners’ Usain Bolt in action REUTERS/David Gray/File Photo

The 32-year-old Jamaican has been on trial with the Gosford-based club since August as he attempts to make an audacious switch to a second professional sport after one of the most decorated careers in track and field.

“The club can confirm that a contract proposal has been offered by the Central Coast Mariners and negotiations remain ongoing with Usain Bolt and his management regarding his football future,” the Mariners said in a statement.

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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