Former Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt has been offered a contract by Australia’s Central Coast Mariners soccer club, media reports said. This comes just over a week after a trial game where the 32-year-old Jamaican scored two goals as the centre-forward for the club in an Australian League pre-season game in Sydney, Xinhua news agency reported.Also Read - Yuvraj Singh to Usain Bolt, How Twitterverse Hailed Cristiano Ronaldo's Champions League Stoppage-Time Goal vs Villrreal
Ricky Simms, the agent for the eight-time gold medalist confirmed the news about the offer from the Gosford-based club in New South Wales late on Sunday. Coach Mike Mulvey had earlier expressed ignorance about any offer to the retired sprinter, whom he was willing to give a year to prove himself. Also Read - Olympic Legend Usain Bolt Leaves Comment on Neeraj Chopra's Old Instagram Post
Bolt, who has drawn record crowds to his appearances with the Mariners while receiving mixed reviews by pundits in his first seven weeks with the club, scored two second-half goals on Sunday. The world’s former fastest man has turned down an offer to join Malta’s Valletta FC. Also Read - IPL 2021: Usain Bolt Dons RCB Jersey Ahead of Season Opener; AB de Villiers Reacts
Earlier, the former Jamaican sprinter was taken by surprise when he received a drug test notice in Australia, where he is training with Australian football’s A-League outfit Central Coast Mariners in pursuit of becoming a full-time footballer. However, the multi-time Olympic gold medallist is not a proper full-time professional footballer yet he received a drug test notice-he seemed appaled when he expressed the concern through his Instagram story on Monday.
“So guys I’ve retired from track and field looking to become a footballer but look at this,” Bolt said Monday via an Instagram video as he zoomed in on the notice.
The demand for the out of competition test — to collect urine and blood — appears to have been issued by Football Federation Australia.
“How am I going to get a drug test today? I’m not even a professional footballer yet. Seriously,” said Bolt.
“So I asked the lady, ‘Why am I getting drug tested when I haven’t signed for a club yet?’ and she said they told her I’m an elite athlete so I have to get tested. Okay then.”
(With Agency Inputs)