Usain Bolt offered two-year deal by European club, says agent

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Eight-time Olympic champion Bolt, 32, is pursuing a life-long dream of a career in professional football, having hung up his track spikes last summer.

Maltese champions Valletta, who were recently taken over by UAE investors Sanban Group, have now confirmed with ESPN that they have offered Bolt a two-year contract.

Valletta managing director and CEO Ghasston Slimen told ESPN they hope to sign the eight-time Olympic sprint champion in time for him to participate in their Maltese Super Cup match on December 13 against Balzan.

He's now playing alongside on-loan Aston Villa forward Ross McCormack for the Gosford-based club, having spent time training with Borussia Dortmund earlier in the year.

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

"I'm just happy I got the chance, and I'm proud of myself", he said.

Mariners coach Mike Mulvey said Bolt has until January at the latest to show the team what he can do on the pitch.

Bolt is hoping to crack the A-League after showing signs of improvement in a pre-season trial where he scored two goals, however it remains unclear if the Mariners will add him to their books.

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The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the sprinting legend has been offered a professional contract by a southern European club, according to the agent who brought him to Australia.

"And she said they told her I'm an elite athlete, so I have to get tested".

"Usain Bolt broke the record in Beijing in 2008, and I have followed him for the last year-and-a-half on his football journey", Slimen told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Should the Mariners decide to table an offer earlier than expected, the club and Football Federation Australia (FFA) will also need to think outside the box when it comes to marketing arrangements and third-party sponsorships.

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