'We'll see what happens' - Usain Bolt not giving up on football dream after A-Leauge failure

Usain Bolt hopes he will still get a chance to play professional football after expressing sadness things didn't work out with A-League club Central Coast Mariners.

Bolt rejected a Central Coast offer when commercial sponsors couldn't be found to boost his wage, effectively ending his two-month trial.

The eight-time Olympic sprint champion turned up at Melbourne's Flemington track for Derby Day yesterday.

"It''s said that it didn't work out, but we parted on good terms, and that's a good thing," Bolt told the Herald Sun newspaper..

"I had a great experience with them. The guys were great - we just couldn't work out things with the contract. Hopefully I get another chance with another team."

Bolt, who has also spent time with clubs in Germany, South Africa and Norway prior to the Mariners was adamant he could still play professional football.

"For sure," said the 32-year-old Jamaican, who turned down a contract with a Maltese club while at the Mariners.

'We'll see what happens. I think people are still contacting my agent now about opportunities, so we'll see in which direction it goes."

Unsurprised by Bolt's exit, Brisbane coach John Aloisi felt the A-League may have been seen as a gimmicky competition if the world's fastest man stayed in Australia.

Aloisi dismissed criticism the A-League had missed a golden marketing chance by letting Bolt go, saying the sprint great's retention may have put off genuine marquee imports coming to the country.

It's understood Bolt was offered a contract of about $162,000 without a guarantee of getting an A-League game, while his camp reportedly asked for a $3.25 million deal.

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Usain Bolt Source: Photosport


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