Usain Bolt has failed to land a professional contract with A-League side Central Coast Mariner after his trial came to an end.
The former Olympic sprint champion was offered a full-time deal with the Australian side but he turned them down claiming the figures were not right.
It is understood that an agreement was not going to reached without third party involvement as both player and club part ways.
Usain Bolt's trial with Central Coast Mariners has come to an end… without a contract offer.
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“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.
The Jamaica legend scored twice during his trial he started back in August but there were suggestions the contract offer was nothing more than a PR stunt.
Mariners owner Mike Charlesworth said: “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.”
“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.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Former 100, 200 and 4×100 meters world champion Usain Bolt has snubbed a two-year deal to join Valletta in the Maltese topflight.
According to a UK Daily Mail report citing ESPN, the Maltese Premier League champions, Valletta were taken over by Abu Dhabi-based Sanban Group last September, but are now eager to play in the group stage of the Champions League.