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USAIN BOLT’S new life as a foot­baller in Aus­tralia was in doubt this week af­ter re­ports that he had been of­fered a con­tract with Cen­tral League Mariners were dis­missed by the man­ager, Mike Mul­vey, as “news to me”.

Bolt scored twice re­cently in a game but has strug­gled to be­come a reg­u­lar in the team’s start­ing line-up.

News­pa­per re­ports also sug­gest he has been of­fered a con­tract in the $150,000 range, which is much lower than he was hop­ing for.

Bolt (right) has been on trial with the Aus­tralian club for the past cou­ple of months but in that time has turned down an of­fer from Mal­tese Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons Val­letta.

Bolt’s agent Ricky Simms says it is one of sev­eral of­fers the world sprints record-holder has had.

Pre­vi­ously, Bolt has en­joyed spells on trial at Borussia Dort­mund in Ger­many, Mamelodi Sun­downs FC in South Africa and Nor­we­gian club Stroms­god­set.

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