Rival coach delivers brutal Usain Bolt slap down

Silvia Morton
October 19, 2018

Usain Bolt has turned down a two-year deal from Maltese champions Valletta FC, as he continues his pursuit to become a professional footballer.

It is yet to be decided whether he will sign a permanent contract with the Mariners, but if he does Bolt will definitely be included in the Federation Internationale de Football Association 19 winter update.

He wasn't concerned Bolt had rejected a reported offer to play in Malta and that the suggestion the Jamaican would be leaving the Mariners had been put to rest for the time being.

Bolt has brought unprecedented global attention to the Australian domestic competition as he attempts to go from athletics legend to professional footballer but it's a fool's errand in Babbel's eyes.

"Usain does not wish to pursue this Malta opportunity", said his agent. "We are regularly approached by clubs from all over the world", his representative, Ricky Simms, said. "The Valletta FC offer is always on the table".

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Usain Bolt controls the ball for the Mariners against Macarthur South West United.

The 32-year-old has eight Olympic gold medals from the 100m, 200m and relay events and is the fastest man in history.

Mariners coach Mike Mulvey, however, was reluctant to talk about Bolt on Thursday, insisting he was not involved in negotiations. He did score two goals on his first start for the Mariners recently, but the majority of his displays have illustrated how far he has to go to reach the required level, with his touch, positioning and decision-making particularly below par. "We've just been down to business, concentrating on the season and putting into practice what we've been doing at training for the last 12 weeks".

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