Monday, 12 November, 2018

Bolt offered contract with Maltese club

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Angelica Greene | 16 October, 2018, 21:28

Bolt, 32, has been on trial with A-League club the Central Coast Mariners since arriving in Australia in August in his bid to pursue a boyhood dream of becoming a footballer after retiring from athletics previous year.

Valletta, who have boasted "UEFA Champions League aspirations" since being taken over by UAE group Sanban, were said to have offerred Bolt a two-year deal.

Valletta managing director and CEO Ghasston Slimen told ESPN his club hoped to have Bolt on board in time for a match on December 13.

It remains to be seen whether the former Olympic champion will be offered a professional contract to play for the Mariners but Bolt is hopeful of fulfilling his dream of becoming a pro footballer after retiring from track and field a year ago.

The self professed Manchester United fan has had trials with clubs in Europe including the 2013 Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund.

Koch took to Twitter to post an apology, although appeared to dig himself an even bigger hole with the explanation that "there's no slavery any more".

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While Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) refused to discuss Bolt's case specifically it pointed out the Jamaican fell within their remit. "That's the tough world of professional football".

Sprint king Usain Bolt could be making his way to Europe after being offered a two-year professional football contract in Malta, reports said Tuesday, following his goal-scoring exploits in Australia.

He has yet to receive a deal from the club, however, the Mariners are said to have "the first right of refusal" if the athlete is offered a contract.

Seriously. I asked the lady, 'why am I getting drug tested?

Amidst such developments, Bolt's two-goal heroics on Friday in a pre-season friendly set social media ablaze and has drawn attention from a European club.

Should the Mariners decide to table an offer earlier than expected, the club and Football Federation Australia (FFA) will also need to think outside the box when it comes to marketing arrangements and third-party sponsorships.

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