Sprint king Usain Bolt’s attempt to become a professional footballer with Australia’s Central Coast Mariners collapsed as his trial period was terminated after contract talks failed.
But his abilities were questioned and the club reportedly offered him only a fraction of the Aus 3 million dollars (USD 2.1 million) his management were said to be seeking, with outside sponsors needed to make the deal viable.
“As previously stated, the club and (Bolt’s representative) Ricky Simms have been in conversations with external partners to find a commercial solution that suits all parties,” the Mariners said in a statement.
Bolt thanked the Mariners for the opportunity. “I would like to thank the Central Coast Mariners owners, management, staff, players and fans for making me feel so welcome during my time here,” said the Jamaican.