Usain Bolt Sets Deadline to Find Himself Football Club by End of November

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2018

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 12:  Usain Bolt of the Mariners looks on during the pre-season friendly match between the Central Coast Mariners and Macarthur South West United at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on October 12, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
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Usain Bolt will decide by the end of November whether to continue his fledgling football career or hang up his boots.

The sprinter recently left A-League side Central Coast Mariners after failing to come to an agreement following an indefinite trial period with them.

He told Omnisport (h/t the Australian Associated Press, via ESPN FC): "I've got a lot of offers from a lot of other clubs out there. We'll make a decision before the end of November if I'm going to go to another club or call it actually quits."

The eight-time Olympic champion, who retired from sprinting last year, joined Central Coast in August, having previously spent time training with Stromsgodset, Mamelodi Sundowns FC and Borussia Dortmund.

Bolt made an appearance off the bench in a friendly against a Central Coast select XI that same month.

In October, the 32-year-old was handed a start in another friendly, this time against Macarthur South West United.

He made the most of the run-out, finding the net twice:

The Mariners held talks with Bolt's agent, Ricky Simms, but the parties could not come to an agreement on a deal to keep him at the club.

Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail felt it was right that the former Olympian did not stay on with the club:

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I would imagine the Usain Bolt saga has been a sobering lesson for the Aussie A-League. He was never good enough, despite how hard they tried to pretend otherwise. Shambles, really.

The Jamaican also turned down an offer from Maltese outfit Valletta FC prior to his departure from the Mariners.

Bolt may have ambitions of turning out for a side operating at a higher level, but his options in that regard could be limited unless the offers are purely commercial in nature.