Usain Bolt is in talks to join Australian football club Central Coast Mariners on trial.
The eight-time Olympic champion, who holds the 100m and 200m world records, is negotiating a six-week trial period with the club who play in the country’s A-League competition.
Bolt, 32, has made no secret of his desire to pursue a career in football post-athletics, and has previously trained with several clubs including Borussia Dortmund, Norwegian side Stromsgodset and Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa.
Australian football agent Tony Rallis believes a deal has been agreed “in principle” and that bringing Bolt to the A-League will have a positive impact on Australian football.
He said: “If he’s competitive, he will lift our A-League profile”. “He will create dreams for young people and he will give the A-League a profile no amount of money can buy.
“This bloke’s an ambitious athlete. The A-League needed a hero and we got superman.”
The Mariner’s, who last season finished bottom of Australia’s ten team premier division, announced the news in a statement which read: “The club can confirm that it has been in negotiations with the Olympic champion & world record holder, regarding the opportunity to trial here on the Central Coast.
“The Central Coast Mariners remain committed to discussions with the ‘world’s fastest man’ and his management team, regarding what role the Club may play in Bolt’s burning ambition to become a professional footballer.
“It is crucial to note that all discussions between the Central Coast Mariners and Bolt require an initial six-week-trial period and no contract is guaranteed.”
Author: Harry Diamond | LinkedIn
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