A-League boss Greg O'Rourke has confirmed Central Coast Mariners have offered Usain Bolt a contract, but stressed Football Federation Australia won't be contributing to his wage.
While their own coach might need some filling in, O'Rourke admitted he is aware of an offer being made.
"I understand from Central Coast Mariners that they have tabled an offer to Usain Bolt’s management which he is considering," O'Rourke said on SEN Afternoons.
"That offer is much, much less than they were originally requesting and that’s really reflected that if Usain wants to join the club and become a footballer he should follow a journey pretty similar to any triallist - not withstanding for a minute the amount of marketing that somebody like Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, can bring to the Central Coast and the broader A-League."
Reports suggest the offer to Bolt will see him pocket around $150,000 should he accept - a figure well short of initial claims he could stand to make $3 million in the A-League.
That significantly reduced wage offer comes after the FFA vowed they wouldn't help cover Bolt's costs with O'Rourke stressing that remains the case.
"There’s no funding from the marquee fund as we said from day one because the marquee fund has secured people like Keisuke Honda and Sam Kerr with football pedigree and Usain Bolt has yet to become a professional footballer anywhere in the world," he said.
"There were some marketing conversations about contributions towards attendances at games, appearance fees if you like, but as for funding him as a footballer then the FFA has been consistent in that they won’t fund him.
"That won’t change."