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Bolt offered contract by Central Coast Mariners

Bolt scored two goals on his debut for the New South Wales side. Credit: PA

Former Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has been offered a contract by Central Coast Mariners as his career in a new sport gathers momentum.

The eight-time gold medallist has been on trial with the New South Wales club and scored his first goals in a friendly last weekend.

It now seems he will be given a chance to play his way into contention.

"I can confirm Usain has been offered a contract by Central Coast Mariners," Bolt's agent Ricky Simms said in a statement to Press Association Sport.

Bolt began a trial with the A-League club in August, following short spells trying out in Germany, Norway and South Africa.

Coach Mike Mulvey, following Sunday's 1-1 draw against Brisbane Roar in the season opener, refused to be drawn on Bolt's future when asked about it in his post-match press conference.

"We don't talk about speculation. I don't know anything about that. It is a few pay-grades above my level," he said.

"I do appreciate how important this story is for the rest of the world. You're just talking about speculation, I don't know anything about what you're talking about and that's the God's honest truth.

"You have a look at our front line today and you wonder whether he could get into any of those positions, wouldn't you?"


Australian anti-doping authority defends Bolt drug test

Bolt scored a brace in his last game with the Australian club. Credit: PA

Australia's anti-doping authority has defended its decision to test Usain Bolt after the former Olympic sprint champion questioned why he had been selected while he is on trial with A-League club Central Coast Mariners.

The eight-time gold medallist reacted with surprise after receiving a notice for a drugs test on Monday, just days after scoring his first goals in a friendly for the club.

In a video posted on Instagram story, Bolt said: "I asked the lady, 'Why am I getting drug tested when I haven't signed for a club yet?' and she said they told her I'm an elite athlete so I have to get tested."

While Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) refused to discuss Bolt's case specifically it pointed out the Jamaican fell within their remit.

"ASADA cannot discuss specific testing missions," said a statement.

"Effective testing programs are critical to protect the integrity of sport and the right of athletes to compete on a level playing field."

Australia's national anti-doping scheme applies to any athlete who is competing in a sport which has an anti-doping policy, as Football Federation Australia (FFA) does.

Rule 25 of FFA's national anti-doping policy 2015 states the policy applies to all participants, including athletes "registered with, compete, train or trial with any club, team, association or league involved in our sport".

Bolt bags brace as he kickstarts football career

Usain Bolt scored his first two goals in professional football. Credit: PA

Usain Bolt scored a brace as he opened his Central Coast Mariners account in a 4-0 win against Macarthur South West United.

After a relatively quiet first half, Bolt came alive in the 57th minute when he showed his pace and strength to outmuscle a defender and buried a left foot strike past Eze Consoni.

The goal appeared to lift a weight off the Jamaican's shoulders as he bids to win a professional contract with the A-League outfit.

He brought out his trademark celebration after scoring his first Mariners goal, the striker being played in by McCormack on the left, shrugged off a United defender and fired in low beating Consoni at the near post.

His second came 12 minutes later when he showed a striker's instinct and took advantage of a horrible mix-up between defender and goalkeeper to tap in from a couple of yards out.


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