Usain Bolt in shock A-League move

Ross Houston
July 17, 2018

Australian football agent Tony Rallis says an "in-principle" deal has been reached to bring the eight-time Olympic gold medallist to the Central Coast Mariners for a six-week trial.

Bolt is a fan of Manchester United and one of its former assistant managers, Mike Phelan, is now at the Mariners.

No contract is guaranteed for Bolt, who retired from the track after the 2017 World Championships and has previously expressed a desire to play professional football.

Rallis is now in the United Kingdom and has been dealing directly with Bolt's representative Ricky Simms, who he says is fully supportive of the idea.

Usain Bolt in shock A-League move

He has since trialled with German giants Borussia Dortmund and Stromsgodset in Norway.

The Mariners are set to play Adelaide United at Marden in the FFA Cup on August 1 before the A-League season kicks off away against Brisbane Roar on October 21.

Former Central Coast players include John Sutton, who had spells at Wycombe and Motherwell, former Swindon, Cardiff and Plymouth midfielder Wayne O'Sullivan and former Nottingham Forest and Northampton defender Chris Doig.

The Jamaican sprint king's signing would be a huge boost for the profile of the competition.

"This is a very real football opportunity, this is not a stunt or gimmick - we want to know if Usain can play", Mielekamp told the Daily Telegraph. "He will create dreams for young people and he will give the A-League a profile no amount of money can buy".

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

"This bloke's an ambitious athlete".

Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp was excited about the prospect of Bolt playing in the A-League at Central Coast Stadium.

"We've got a club that's willing to allow him to trial and offer him the contract", Rallis told AAP. Mielekamp said reports from those trials have been positive.

"The trial is really important because if he comes and he's not up to the level then it actually has a detrimental effect".

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