Usain Bolt made the most of his first ever start for the Central Coast Mariners, with his two goal haul making worldwide headlines.
The feat immediately attracted attention from across the globe, including a two-year contract offer from Maltese champions Valletta FC.
Given Bolt’s blistering pace and being on the verge of signing a professional footballing contract, FIFA fans have been calling for his inclusion in the popular video game.
A recent update from an EA Sports source might have just answered the prayers of many gamers – even if Bolt doesn’t officially sign a pro contract.
“If Usain is picked up by the Central Coast Mariners then he will automatically be included in the Winter update or the next major update,” the source told Fox Sports.
“But if he isn’t listed then he might be included as a free agent.
“Yes, he will also be the fastest player in the game.”
Bolt, who turned down offers from European clubs prior to initially picking the Mariners, is now mulling whether he’ll continue chasing an A-League gig.
Being included in the FIFA video game would be the last thing on Bolt’s mind, but many will by salivating over the prospect of using his speed.
The 100m world record holder’s career decision won’t be based purely on money but Valletta, dangling a lucrative no-strings-attached deal in front of the eight-time Olympic gold medallist, may also have the Mariners covered when it comes to opportunity.
Central Coast have insisted at every stage that Bolt’s timeless trial is a long-term project.
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.
The early indication was that Bolt’s signature required an additional $900,000 from FFA’s marquee player fund.
FFA chief executive David Gallop has reaffirmed the Mariners will not be allowed to dip into the fund to sign Bolt, leaving a major shortfall to cover.
Central Coast insist it is business as usual for Bolt despite global interest in the superstar following his brace in Friday’s trial game.
“Usain Bolt will continue his indefinite training period with the Central Coast Mariners until any further notice,” Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The club will be making no comment on media speculation regarding the future of Usain.
“Full focus for the Mariners remains on our round-one away trip to face the Brisbane Roar.”