Olympic runner Usain Bolt looks set to join Australian football team

Usain Bolt playing football

Usain Bolt’s agent has revealed he is in talks for a six-week trial to play football with the Australian A-League football team, Central Coast Mariners from next month.

After taking on Mo Farah in a charity Soccer Aid football match earlier this year, Bolt’s football agent, Tony Rallis, has confirmed, “a deal between the Mariners and Usain Bolt in principle has been agreed”.

Usain Bolt playing football

He also added that Bolt would be required to trial for the team and that the Football Federation Australia (FFA) should support his salary.

Since retiring from the track in 2017, the eight time gold Olympic medallist has trialled with Germany’s Borussia Dortmund and Norway’s Stromsgodset teams. The sprinter has been open about his ambitions to play football professionally, setting his sights on playing for Manchester United if given the chance.

Rallis said of the signing: “If he’s competitive, he will lift our A-League profile. He will create dreams for young people and he will give the A-League a profile no amount of money can buy. This bloke’s an ambitious athlete. The A-League need a hero and we got superman.”

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