Sprint king Usain Bolt rejects Malta football offer


Aspiring professional footballer Usain Bolt has rewarded the faith Central Coast Mariners placed in him by turning down a two-year contract with Maltese Premier League champions Valetta in the hope of scoring a contract with the A-League side.

What do you think about the sprint superstar Usain Bolt trying to become a professional footballer? "I can confirm Usain does not wish to pursue this opportunity in Malta".

Valletta chief executive Ghasston Slimen added: "We wish Usain Bolt all the best with his football career".

But Bolt's agent has confirmed he opted against taking up their offer.

Bolt is now training with the Central Coast Mariners in the Australian A-League but has yet to sign a professional contract with the club.

But he recognised Bolt's association with the club meant more people from around the world than ever before would be paying attention to the Mariners on-field efforts. He scored twice in his first start with the club last week.

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'The eyes of the world be on us and I'll have my eye on as well, to see whether we cope with it.

"If I would be a player from the Mariners that would be odd for me because I'm doing this for 20 years, 25 years".

The A-League season begins in Australia on Friday, with the Mariners beginning their campaign two days later at Brisbane Roar. "[I was] very happy for him for the two goals that he scored but we move on", Mulvey said.

Mariners captain Matt Simon dismissed suggestions the chronicles of Bolt were distracting the squad ahead of their A-League opener.

Before joining the Mariners, he trained with German giants Borussia Dortmund, as well as Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa and Stromsgodset in Norway.