Usain Bolt to train with A-League's Mariners indefinitely

Ruben Hill
August 10, 2018

Bolt said it had been his "dream" to play football and acknowledged it would require a lot of hard work and training.

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

The Mariners had to work hard to secure Bolt: As recently as two weeks ago there were reports he was in talks with a USA club who was willing to offer him a contract without a trial period.

Bolt is a huge football fan, and has been seen taking part in numerous charity games, including at Soccer Aid at Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium back in June, when he scored in the penalty shootout and picked up the man of the match award.

But that hasn't discouraged Bolt, who says he understands the task in front of him.

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

He spent spent a well-documented period training with German Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund, as well as the Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa and Strømsgodset in Norway.

Mulvey insisted the eight-time Olympic gold medallist would be treated as if he was any other player, saying it was nothing out of the ordinary for potential signings to be asked to train with the club for several weeks before being offered a deal.

Chief executive Shaun Mielekamp added: "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".

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

"We welcome Usain with open arms, and we will always remain grounded and focussed on the job at hand".

The Mariners begin their A-League campaign in October.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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