Usain Bolt’s A-League adeventure may be over before it began following reports that the eight-time Olympic gold medalist is being lured overseas by a club with Champions League ambitions.
The Central Coast triallist has been offered a two-year contract by Maltese club Valletta FC according to a report by ESPN.
Bolt scored twice for the Mariners on Friday in a friendly match against Macarthur South West United which captured global attention.
Valletta has high hopes Bolt will make the switch in time to play in the Maltese Cup on December 13.
Managing director Ghasston Slimen told ESPN: "A champion is always welcome and at Valletta FC we believe nothing is impossible.”
Earlier, Bolt’s Australia agent Tony Rallis revealed there was indeed overseas interest in the fledgling footballer.
“There is a club in Europe that has offered Bolt a two-year deal,” Rallis told ESPN. “They have been taken over by new owners who have aspirations of Champions League football."
The Mariners have been reluctant to race to a decision on the 32-year-old, and were still adopting a wait and see approach one week out from the start of the A-League.
But post-brace, the 32-year-old Jamaican indicated he was keen to further negotiations with the outfit.
"Now we've got a discussion coming up because the season starts next week," Bolt told Fox Sports.
"We have to sit down with the coach and the management and see if we go forward, what's the plan and if they want to sign me or if I need to do more.
"I'm waiting on that."
Whether or not Bolt makes it as a pro footballer, he has been a PR triumph for the struggling Mariners garnerning the club world wide attention.