Usain Bolt has reportedly been offered a two-year contract by a club in Europe.
The former Olympic champion sprinter hit the headlines last week when he scored twice for Australian side Central Coast Mariners in their friendly against Macarthur South West United.
And now Tony Rallis, the Jamaican’s agent during his stint Down Under, has told ESPN: “There is a club in Europe that has offered Bolt a two-year deal, they have been taken over by new owners who have aspirations of Champions League football.”
It remains unclear exactly who is trying to sign Bolt but ESPN reports that Central Coast Mariners boast connections with sides around the world such as Sheffield United and Ferencvaros in Hungary.
They also claim Everton and Maltese Premier League side Balzan are “player development partners”.
Bolt retired from athletics in 2017, has trained with Borussia Dortmund and made clear his desire to earn a professional deal.
Following his brace last week, Central Coast Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp told ESPN that “it’s too early to tell” if they will take on the 32-year-old.
But Macarthur centre-back Josh Symons, who was tasked with stopping Bolt in the pre-season friendly, believes he’s still a way off the required standard.
“I wasn’t really focusing on Bolt too much, I was more worried about Ross McCormack and also Jordan Murray who I played with before he joined the Mariners,” Symons told ESPN. “I knew how dangerous they would be.
“He’s got a long way to go to reach professional level; he can probably get there with the right coaching, but he’s a big name and that’s what people come to watch.”
Reluctant to be drawn on whether Bolt deserves a contract, he added: “There are players that have worked a lot harder and longer and there are probably more deserving players at NPL level, but that’s where the Mariners management comes in and what they feel is going to get more fans to the ground.
“He struck the ball well for his first goal but to be honest he was afforded a lot more space and the match was a lot slower than what he would face in the A-League,
“In the A-League he would find the lines a lot tighter, the defence will be sharper and faster. A top-level striker would probably have had five goals that night given the same opportunities.”