Bolt to train with A-League side Central Coast Mariners

Rex Christensen
August 10, 2018

Eight golds - and a spate of world records - made him the greatest sprinter in history when he retired soon after the 2017 world championships.

Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt will join Australian club Central Coast Mariners for "an indefinite training period" as he continues to pursue his dream of a professional football career.

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Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after he won the Men's 200m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 18, 2016.

According to a release on the Central Coast Mariners website, Bolt's agreement with them does not guarantee him a professional playing contract, but allows him to "achieve his burning desire to play football professionally".

Bolt has already tried to play with clubs in Germany and South Africa and some critics have regarded speculation of his latest attempt in Australia as a public relations stunt.

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If his speed is a given, at 6-foot 5-inches - the same height as LA Galaxy marksman Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Bolt represents a combination of size and strength rarely seen in world football.

The Mariners have insisted that the extended trial is not a commitment to a contract, but want to give the Jamaican a chance.

Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp said he had contacted the clubs for which Bolt had trialed and received positive feedback on his ability.

Bolt says, "I am very excited about coming to Australia and would like to thank the owner and management of the Central Coast Mariners for giving me this opportunity".

Though Melbourne Victory might disagree after signing star Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda Monday.

'I'm looking forward to the opportunities to prove that with hard work anything is possible so I'm looking forward to it and I'm going to come here and do my best.

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