Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt’s probationary at Central Coast Mariners the Australian club is over.
The club publicised on Friday morning that it was parting ways with the 32-year-old, who was on an unlimited probationary.
Bolt played 95 minutes for the A-League outfit in two probationary games and scored twice against weak opposition, but appeared to find the conversion from track to field awkward.
The club, Bolt and his agent Ricky Simms were trying to find a commercialised deal but said they will not be “able to settle on a suitable deal in a timely manner”.
The Olympic champion sprinter said: “I would like to thank the Central Coast Mariners owners, management, staff, players and fans for making me feel so welcome during my time there. I wish the club success for the season ahead.”
Bolt’s double came in a friendly against Macarthur South West United with on-loan strike partner Ross McCormack saying: “If he pulls it all together, he can be some hazard”.
But Andy Keogh, Former Republic of Ireland international was less taken by Bolt, he said that the sprint star had a first touch “like a trampoline”.
Central Coast Mariners proprietor, Mike Charlesworth wished Bolt well for the future.
Mike said: “Despite the fact that we could not come to an contract that would continue Usain Bolt’s football journey with the Central Coast Mariners, we’ve been excited to have the Olympic champion sprinter and world record holder as part of our club for these past eight weeks.
“For the Mariners, it’s been an honour to work with Usain as he push towards his desire to become a professional football player.
“From day one, Usain devoted himself to being among of the Mariners. He unsegregated very well into the team and made great strides as a footballer.
scored two goals helping the Mariners secure a 4-0 win against Macarthur South West United.
“Whilst we understand that Usain will not be part of the club going forward, the Central Coast Mariners wish him all the best in his future venture and we hope that golden opportunity arise to integrate in other capacities in the future.”