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17th Jul 2018

Usain Bolt could finally become a professional footballer as he negotiates six week trial

Bolt has entered talks with an Australian club

Reuben Pinder

It’s no secret that he’s always dreamt of playing football professionally

Usain Bolt may finally realise his dream of playing professional football in the coming months, after entering negotiations for a six week trial with Central Coast Mariners.

The Jamaican sprinter has always wanted to move into the world of football, and recently displayed his skills to the world in the Soccer Aid for Unicef friendly.

The Central Coast Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp revealed that the club has spent months chasing Bolt (good luck catching him), and that a season long loan deal could be wrapped up soon.

Bolt has previously trained with Borussia Dortmund, but unsurprisingly lacks the skill to play for a top level club. One would imagine that the A-League will be more suited to his technical ability.

“The most important thing is we wait to find out and see how good a footballer he is first,” Mr Mielekamp said.

“Time will tell at what level he is at and if it fits the A-League.”

Bolt’s trials at various clubs in Europe have received good reviews, but playing in a professional league is a different story.

Football agent Tony Rallis, who is brokering the move, says a deal has been agreed in principle and that negotiations are ongoing over Bolt’s wages. The Mariners chief executive has “guaranteed 70% of the salary,” according to Rallis.

Bolt retired from athletics last year and still holds the world record for the 100m and 200m sprints.