'Yes, no' about contract offer for Bolt from the Mariners

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Sprint king-turned-soccer trialist Usain Bolt has reportedly been offered a contract by the Central Coast Mariners 10 days after he stunned the world by scoring twice in a friendly match.

Bolt's long-time agent Ricky Simms then confirmed with Fairfax media that his man had received an offer from the Gosford-based club.

There is speculation it may be a cash offer to tie him to the club and allow the Mariners to retain their option on signing him full-time when he completes his training and trial with the club.

Bolt, who retired from track and field a year ago, was not involved in Mariners' A-League opener against Brisbane Roar on Sunday, after which coach Mike Mulvey said he knew nothing about any contract for the Jamaican.

But Mulvey is reported to have denied knowing of a contract offer, and was said to have added to the mystery by expressing skepticism about whether Bolt could fit into the team.

"But, honestly, I can not take that seriously".

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Reports of the deal surfaced during the contest, with Mariners boss Shaun Mielekamp reportedly having tabled a contract with Bolt's management over the weekend.

Money could however be an issue, as there is no word on how much the Jamaican has been offered and Football Federation Australia previously stressed they won't be helping out with any marquee funds.

'You're just talking about speculation, I don't know anything about what you're talking about and that's the honest truth'.

"Having said that, I understand from Central Coast Mariners that they have tabled an offer to Bolt's management, which he is now considering".

That came after the eight-time Olympic champ recently rejected a guaranteed two-year deal from Maltese club Valletta, who are aiming to break into the Champions League.

"There's nothing on the table in writing from FFA or funding from the marquee fund as we've said from day one", O'Rourke told SEN on Monday.

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