Usain Bolt to be lightning striker for Aussie club Central Coast Mariners

Jose Verdugo
Julio 17, 2018

Bolt, a Manchester United fan who attended the World Cup final in Moscow, retired from the track after the world championships in London past year.

Bolt's agent Tony Rallis told Australian radio show Big Sports Breakfast that a deal has been agreed in principle.

Bolt has confessed his love for Manchester United and has even been invited to the club's Carrington training complex in the past, while former assistant manager, Mike Phelan, is now the Mariners' sporting director.

According to Australian outlet The Daily Telegraph, they are believed to be Bolt's most likely source of a professional deal but several other A-League clubs are interested.

Bolt, who has eight Olympic gold medals from his athletics career and still holds world records in the 100m (9.58s) and 200m (19.19s), has been keen to make the switch from athletics to professional football for years.

"There's still a lot of work to do in regards to understanding exactly how the deal would work out and how things would look, but things are very positive at the moment", Central Coast Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp said on Australia's Seven Network.

However, a possible contract deal with the Central Coast club hinges on nearly A$1 million (NZ$1.08m) in funds from Football Federation Australia, according to agent Tony Rallis.

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Mr Rallis said: "If he's competitive, he will lift our A-League profile".

Since retiring from the track in 2017, the Jamaican athlete has trialled with Germany's Borussia Dortmund and Norway's Stromsgodset teams.

"We're not going to risk the Bolt image or brand or discredit the A-League".

If all goes well, who knows, he might be lighting up the A-League this season.

"If the trial goes ahead and Central Coast Mariners decide it stacks up and they want to offer him a contract, then we will have a discussion with them around that and what might be possible".

Mielekamp said Bolt was known to improve significantly every time he trained, and was an extremely fast learner.

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