$3m? Forget it: What Mariners are willing to pay Bolt
USAIN Bolt’s desire to become a professsional A-League footballer is set to be tested after the Central Coast Mariners reportedly tabled a contract offer well short of initial suggestions.
Bolt’s long-time agent Ricky Simms told Fairfax Media the Olympic gold medallist had received a contract offer from Mariners, but was not willing to provide further details.
The report suggests the deal is worth $150,000 for the season — nowhere near the $3 million that Bolt’s management is said to have initially discussed.
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Usain Bolt leaves a Mariners training session.Source:AAP
That sort of money — likely to be boosted by sponsorship income — is nothing to be sneezed at, especially given Bolt’s lack of professional footballing experience. However Bolt, who has a reported net worth of $60 million, may consider it too low given huge international exposure he will draw for the club and the league.
Mystery still surrounds the reported offer to Bolt after coach Mike Mulvey — speaking after his side’s 1-1 draw with the Brisbane Roar — not only denied any knowledge of a contract offer, but suggested Bolt may not fit into his team.
“You have a look at our front line today and you wonder whether he could get into any of those positions, wouldn’t you?” Mulvey said.
“I do appreciate how important this story is for the rest of the world.
“You’re just talking about speculation, I don’t know anything about what you’re talking about and that’s the honest truth.”
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Bolt, who retired from track and field last year, was in Melbourne during the Mariners’ opening match.
He has been training with the Mariners for several months, and scored two goals in a trial match 10 days ago in his first start for the club.
Mulvey, who said several weeks ago that it might take until January to determine if Bolt can make it in professional soccer, added that the former sprinter was not on his radar for now.
“We’re going to go back, have some dinner, have a little look at the game that’s on … then get on a plane tomorrow, go home and start preparing for Melbourne City next week,” he said.
“That’s the plan.”
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