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Bolt gets offer from Malta club

OLYMPIC champion sprinter Usain Bolt has been offered a two-year contract to play soccer with a Maltese club, ESPN reported, triggering speculation he may be set to walk out from his trial at Australian team Central Coast Mariners.

Maltese champion Valletta FC said it hoped to sign the eight-time Olympic gold medalist in time for him to participate in its Maltese Super Cup match on December 13 against Balzan.

“A champion is always welcome and at Valletta FC we believe nothing is impossible,” ESPN quoted Valletta managing director and CEO Ghasston Slimen as saying.

Bolt’s agent in Australia, Tony Rallis, also confirmed the approach, ESPN said.

Bolt scored two goals for the Mariners in a preseason trial match — a 4-0 win over an amateur side — last Friday but has not been offered a professional contract by the A-League team.

A Mariners spokesman said there was no change in Bolt’s position at the club, describing reports that he might quit his trial as “rumors”.

The 32-year-old Jamaican has repeatedly expressed his hope to win a contract ahead of the Mariners’ 2018-19 A-League campaign, which kicks off this weekend.


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