Bolt 'turns down' contract with Maltese Champions Valletta FC

Usain Bolt seems bound for another crack at European football after a trial period in Australia

GETTY IMAGES Usain Bolt seems bound for another crack at European football after a trial period in Australia

In response, Valletta chief executive Ghasston Slimen said: "We wish Usain Bolt all the best with his football career".

Mariners captain Matt Simon dismissed suggestions the chronicles of Bolt were distracting the squad ahead of their A-League opener.

The Olympic champion sprinter is undergoing trials at Central Coast Mariners in Australia's top-flight and scored two goals in a pre-season match a week ago.

"If I would be a player from the Mariners that would be odd for me because I'm doing this for 20 years, 25 years".

Earlier this week, Bolt was offered a two-year deal by Valletta FC, local champions in the tiny Mediterranean island state of Malta.

Now while it may seem incredibly fanciful that Usain Bolt - fastest man in the world and Olympic gold medalist - could actually feature in Federation Internationale de Football Association, it is not fanciful at all according to the makers of the game EA Sports Canada.

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As Bolt is merely training with the club, and not signed as a contracted player, he will not feature.

Mariners coach Mike Mulvey wandered over, sat down and began to chat.

Usain Bolt is the most tested athlete on the planet even when he is retired from track and field.

The Mariners had the second-worst attendance in the league, behind only New Zealand's Wellington Phoenix. League officials don't appear to be concerned with the attendance drop, announcing Wednesday that they are considering six bids for an expected expansion by two teams in the 2019-20 season.

Babbel doesn't believe Bolt has what it takes to play in the A-League. A marquee player means his contract is not included in the salary cap, and the most famous player in that category was former Juventus great Alessandro del Piero with Sydney FC in 2012.

"I'm happy I could come here and show the world I'm improving".

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