Usain Bolt offered contract by Central Coast Mariners - report

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The sprint king appears to have passed his trial to become a professional footballer

Usain Bolt may officially be a professional footballer before long following reports the eight-time gold medalist has been offered a contract by A-League club Central Coast Mariners. 

The Australian claims the 32-year-old's management has received a playing contract from the Mariners, where he has been on trial since August.

Bolt is believed to be in Melbourne this weekend considering his options with his dream of playing football professionally now on the verge of becoming reality.

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.

After scoring twice in one match, Bolt attracted the attention of Maltese champions Valletta FC, who had a two-year contract offer rejected.

While the sprinter's football skills have gradually improved over the past few months, some serious question remarks remain over his ability on the pitch, with Western Sydney Wanderers coach Markus Babbel particularly skeptical.

"As a PR action it is sensational,” Babbel said. “The A-League receives much attention from him.

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"But, honestly, I cannot take that seriously. I saw him play. For all that love, that’s not enough in 100 years.”

Reports of Bolt being offered a contract have been cast under some doubt however with Fox Sports reporter Daniel Garb revealing coach Mike Mulvey can't see how he could use the Jamaican at this stage.

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