Usain Bolt Joins A-League Side For 'Indefinite Training Period'

Annette Crawford
Августа 10, 2018

The Jamaican athlete said he was looking forward to the challenge and working hard to get to level required to "make an impact".

"It is important that we don't get too caught up in the hype of possibilities, but the reality is that Usain Bolt has placed his faith in the Central Coast Mariners to accelerate his football journey", he said. He is scheduled to join the team later this month.

The 31-year-old, who holds world records for 100m and 200m, was initially meant to take part in a six-week trial but it was negotiated to an indefinite period.

Bolt, who retired from athletics previous year following the World Championships in London, has previously trained with Borussia Dortmund, Norwegian team Strømsgodset and South African side Mamelodi Sundowns FC.

Instead of coming to train with Austin BOLD FC, Austin's USL soccer team, Jamaican Olympian Usain Bolt is taking his talents down under to the Central Coast Mariners, according to a tweet from the Australian soccer team.

But the reality of becoming a professional player is not lost on Mariners CEO Shaun Mielkemp.

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While the club notes "The agreement. does not guarantee a professional playing contract but does provide the eight-time Olympic gold medallist with an opportunity to achieve his burning desire to play football professionally".

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to prove that with hard work anything is possible, and I'm going to come here and do my best".

"Our goal is to be the most innovative, entertaining and community minded sports brand in Australia, this is our competitive edge", he added.

The new A-League season kicks off in October, and the Mariners will be hoping to improve on last season's showing, when they finished bottom of the league. "We welcome Usain with open arms, and we will always remain grounded and focused on the job at hand".

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