Usain Bolt may be on his way to fulfilling his dream of playing professional football after an illustrious athletic career as he may be undergoing trials with A-League’s Central Coast Mariners in Australia.
The eight time Olympic champion, who retired from athletics last year is a diehard fan of Manchester United club and has always nursed the ambition of playing top flight football.
He has been training hard to stay in form and trained with Norwegian club Stromsgodset last month in addition to training with Borussia Dortmund in March.
The deal will see Usain Bolt take part in a six week trial beginning next month at Mariners base in Gosford, Australia, according to club chief executive Shaun Mielekamp. A season long deal could be signed if everything goes smoothly.
According to football agent, Tony Rallis, who has been working on the deal for a while, “ It has been agreed in principle… subject to a couple of benchmarks” he told Sky Sports Radio.
“Mainly, a trial, and of course marquee funds support from (governing body Football Federation Australia),” he said, adding that the arrangement was not a gimmick.
“Once the FFA comes back and says that they’ll be part of the process, we’re going to the trial… This bloke’s an ambitious athlete. The A-League needed a hero, and we got superman.”
Mielekamp disclosed that his club has been working on the deal for about four to five months, and there was still “some work to do”.
“But fingers crossed things might play out, but the most important thing is we wait to find out and see how good a footballer he is first.”
“If all goes well, who knows? He may be playing in the A-League this season.”
According to Mielekamp, reports of Bolt’s performance at the European clubs where he has trialled with have been “pretty good”, and that “every time he trains, he improves significantly”.
“He has a very good left foot, and time will tell at what level he is at and if it fits the A-League… it would only be big if he could play and go really well,” he said.
“If he comes in and he is not up to the level, it could have a detrimental effect.”
Usain Bolt 31, had dominated sprinting for a while wining double individual gold medals at 2008 Beijing Olympics. He went on to win additional six gold medals in subsequent Olympic games before retiring from the sport.