Australia’s Central Coast Mariners said negotiations with Usain Bolt were stalled over money Tuesday, also warning the sprint superstar he will not play in the A-League even if he signs with the club.
The eight-time Olympic champion has been on trial with the A-League side since arriving in August to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional footballer.
The 32-year-old’s quest has garnered worldwide attention, which intensified last week when he scored two goals in a pre-season friendly.
The Mariners said Bolt, who turned down a two-year, trial-free deal from cashed-up Maltese champions Valletta last week, had been offered a contract but added “negotiations remain ongoing” over the athlete’s footballing future.
The club said it was seeking outside sponsors to top up the offer to Bolt.