CONFIRMED: Usain Bolt heading down under to trial for A-League stint

The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, will return to Australia as he continues his bid to be a professional football player.

The Jamaican sprinter joined Central Coast Mariners on a train and trial contract earlier in the year, this has now been extended to an “indefinite training period”.

Under this new agreement it does not guarantee Bolt a playing contract, nor does it explain if or what  he’s getting paid.


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If the Olympian does manage to earn a contract, it’s likely he’ll be paid, in part, under the A-League’s Fox Sports marquee player fund.

The Mariners are the fourth club Bolt’s tried out for after unsuccessful attempts in Germany, Norway and South Africa.

The sprinter said he’s grateful for the opportunity.

“I am very excited about coming to Australia and would like to thank the owner and management of the Central Coast Mariners for giving me this opportunity,” he said in a statement.

“It has been my dream to play professional football and I know that it will involve a lot of hard work and training to get to the level required to play and make an impact in the A-League.”

After stints with the ABC and AAP, Mitchell joined 1029 Hot Tomato in 2017. He’ll be out and about bringing you the news that matters on the Coast.

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