- Commercial solution unable to be found
- Olympic champion’s time with club ends immediately
It began as a seemingly impossible dream – a change of sporting career for the world’s fastest man at the unlikely age of 32 – and, having somehow got to within touching distance of a deal, so it will remain for the foreseeable future. Usain Bolt’s quest to become a professional footballer in Australia ended on Friday when the Olympic sprint champion officially turned down Central Coast Mariners’ offer of an A-League contract.
The Mariners announced that, despite having been in discussions with several “promising” potential commercial partners, the club and Bolt had amicably concluded a deal would not be struck.