Usain Bolt's protracted trial with Central Coast Mariners has finally come to an end after the two parties were unable to agree a contract.
As it stands, the chances of the Jamaican making it as a professional footballer are looking a lot slimmer.
The A-League side have been criticised for what many feel was nothing more than a PR stunt, with Brisbane coach John Aloisi fearing it would become a "gimmick league".
The Australian game has indeed been garnering a lot of attention since the 32-year-old's arrival, even if fans were divided on whether he had genuine potential.
Bolt, who has often spoken of his dream of playing for Manchester United, had previously trained with Borussia Dortmund before being offered a contract by Maltese champions Valletta FC.
When he scored a brace for the Mariners against Macarthur South West United, it seemed there was a real possibility that he was going to cut the mustard.
As it transpired, the club would not meet his wage demands of $3million and coaching staff were not convinced he was good enough anyway, particularly given their plethora of attacking options.
At the very least, the Olympic legend now knows exactly the level that is expected of a professional footballer - and he admits it was a lot harder to win his place than he anticipated.
Football is 'a little bit harder'
“For sure (I’ll stick with it),” Bolt said, per news.com.au.
“We’ll see what happens. I think people are still contacting my agent now about opportunities, so we’ll see in which direction it goes.
“For me, I’ve learned that I still have it. I figure that I was improving a lot, so as you can see from the first game to the last game, I really improved and did better.
"I’ve learned that it’s a little bit harder, but it’s all about dedication and work with the team.”
The eight-time gold medallist has millions of fans backing him.
Even so, surely it's best that he only makes his foray into football if he can make a valuable contribution to a team.
Perhaps his failure to agree terms on this occasion will inspire him all the more going forward.
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