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FORMER Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has been offered a contract by Australia’s Central Coast Mariners as his career in a new sport gathers momentum.
The eight-time gold medallist has been on trial with the New South Wales club and scored his first goals in a friendly last weekend.
It now seems he will be given a chance to play his way into contention.
“I can confirm Usain has been offered a contract by Central Coast Mariners,” Bolt’s agent Ricky Simms said.
Bolt began a trial with the A-League club in August, following short spells trying out in Germany, Norway and South Africa.
Coach Mike Mulvey refused to be drawn on Bolt’s future when asked about it in his post-match press conference, following Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Brisbane Roar in the season opener.
“I do appreciate how important this story is for the rest of the world,” he said.
“You’re just talking about speculation, I don’t know anything about what you’re talking about and that’s the God’s honest truth.”
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