Bolt not done yet

Legendary track star still wants to pursue professional football career

BY HORACE HINES
Observer West reporter

Thursday, January 03, 2019

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SHERWOOD CONTENT, Trelawny —Despite pulling out of the Central Coast Mariners outfit in Australia where he pursued his professional football goal, legendary track star Usain Bolt is still mulling a career in that sport.

Bolt's stint in Australian football with the Central Coast Mariners ended after the club had been in conversations with external partners to find a 'commercial solution that suited all parties'.

But despite several promising potential partners, the two sides concluded that they would not be able to settle on a suitable deal in a timely manner.

Speaking to the Jamaica Observer West in his native Sherwood Content community on Boxing Day, where, in partnership with Digicel Foundation he staged his annual Christmas treat, the retired sprint superstar revealed that plans are still underway for him to professionally parade his footballing talents.

“I wouldn't say I'm fully giving up (pursuing a football career), there are things in the pipeline, but the last one I sort of made some sacrifices and seeing things that I didn't expect at the time, they didn't work out as planned,” he said.

Bolt further noted that he will now have to ensure that any future deal is mutually beneficial before making any decision.

“I have had other offers, but I want to make sure it's perfect for me. I am not just going to do it … because the first one I did was just because I wanted to play, and it didn't work out, so now I want to make sure if I am going to do it, it's beneficial for both me and the club, so that's what I am waiting on so we will see. I have one month to decide so we will see what happens,” he told the Observer West during an exclusive interview.

He revealed that there is a possibility that he might sign for an Asian or European club.

“Asia is on the list, a European team is on the list also; those are two areas that are buying. (But), as I said, we have to work out everything with the club to figure out what I want, what they want, then we see if we can work with it and try to make the move. If not, I will just call it a day and move on to something else,” Bolt argued.

Among the celebrities in attendance at the Christmas treat were former Reggae Boyz defenders, Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardner, and Ian 'Pepe' Goodison.

Kimberly Campbell, sponsorship executive for Digicel told the Observer West that the telecommunications giant is happy to partner with Bolt to bring joy to children.

“We keep encouraging and also strengthening the sponsorship by ensuring that we support all his (Bolt's) initiatives such as this children's treat that he has in Sherwood Content on an annual basis,” Campbell said.

Meanwhile, Bolt said he “still wants to show gratitude to the community” for their unflinching support over the years.

“I know they (children) enjoy it. It is not every kid can afford to get a toy or just have some fun for Christmas, I know the struggles. So, it is something that I can give back and I really enjoy doing this,” the 32-year-old said.

The children were treated to meals, rides, toys and live entertainment. Over 300 packages of groceries were also given to adults.


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