Usain Bolt has joined Australian side Central Coast Mariners for what the club is calling an “indefinite training period” – essentially, a trial.
It emerged last month that the 100m world record holder was in negotiations with the A-League side.
Bolt, who retired from athletics last year following the World Championships in London, has previously trained with Borussia Dortmund, Norwegian team Strømsgodset and South African side Mamelodi Sundowns FC.
“The agreement between the Central Coast Mariners and Usain Bolt does not guarantee a professional playing contract but does provide the eight-time Olympic gold medallist with an opportunity to achieve his burning desire to play football professionally,” said the club.
“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,” said Bolt
When I spoke to the Head Coach Mike Mulvey on the phone he outlined the ambitions of the club and his plans for the upcoming season. I hope I can make a positive contribution to the club and look forward to meeting the other players, staff and fans in the coming weeks.
I always say that ‘anything is possible, don’t think limits’ and I look forward to the challenge.