Sprint King Usain Bolt Rejects Malta Football Offer Read In

AFP  Peter Parks

AFP Peter Parks

Usain Bolt grabbed headlines recently as the fastest man in the world tried his hand at professional football with Australian A-league side the Central Coast Mariners.

German coach Markus Babbel, now in charge of Western Sydney Wanderers after a playing career with Liverpool and Bayern Munich, is not impressed by Usain Bolt. 'We regularly receive similar approaches.

"We wish Usain Bolt all the best with his football career", said Ghasston Slimen.

But Bolt's agent Ricky Simms said he had opted against a move to the Maltese Premier League team, which is backed by a group of investors from the Sanban Group in the United Arab Emirates.

Bolt is ineligible for that fixture, and likely all the Mariners' matches until January 3, 2019, when the league's next registration period opens.

Club CEO Shaun Mielekamp spent much of Wednesday sat opposite Bolt in a Gosford cafe, fuelling speculation the Mariners could be ready to hand over an offer.

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He scored two goals in a pre-season game last week and knocked back an offer to play in Malta.

"I speak with all the players all the time", he said. "If I would be a player from the Mariners, it would be a little bit odd for me because I would be doing this for 25 years and someone comes in who hasn't played professional football before and think he's good like me?"

"I'm really not interested in it [contract speculation] to tell you the truth", he said.

Nevertheless, Babbel says the Mariners should not pursue their interest in Bolt, who he believes will contribute only towards marketing objectives.

Before joining the Mariners, he trained with German giants Borussia Dortmund, as well as Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa and Stromsgodset in Norway.

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