Usain Bolt secures trial contract with A-League side Central Coast Mariners

Paola Ditto
Luglio 17, 2018

Retired sprinter and Olympic legend Usain Bolt is reportedly set for the next step in his burgeoning football career as he nears a deal with A-League club Central Coast Mariners.

However, Rallis said that was not what he was after.

"We've got a club that's willing to allow him to trial and offer him the contract", Rallis told AAP.

Fifa 98's Usain Bolt is tackled by France 98's defender Bixente Lizarazu during an exhibition football match between France's 1998 World Cup's French football national team and FIFA 98 composed with former global players, to mark the 20th anniversary of France's 1998 World Cup victory, on June 12, 2018 at the U Arena in Nanterre, near Paris.

'Apart from him obviously being extremely fast the feedback we have received from Germany and Norway is that he is a very good learner and shows dramatic improvement after every training session, ' Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp said.

Usain Bolt's proposed A-League trial will go ahead - but only if Football Federation Australia agrees to contribute around $900,000 from its marquee fund should the Jamaican sprint king prove worthy of a contract.

"Once the FFA comes back and says that they'll be part of the process, we're going to the trial..."

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.

"The owner of Central Coast Mariners has put his hand deep in his pocket and guaranteed 70 per cent of the salary".

Mielekamp said his club had been working on the agreement for four to five months, and there was still "some work to do".

"The most important thing is is that we find a way to see how good he is as a footballer first".

"It would only be big if he can play and if he can go really, really well", he said.

The A-League's 2018/19 season begins in October.

"If it's a marketing stunt then great, it's got people talking about the A-League, I don't mind that", Hill told SEN Breakfast.

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