Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Usain Bolt agrees in principle to trial with Central Coast Mariners

Usain Bolt agrees in principle to trial with Central Coast Mariners

"Every day it got a little bit closer so its a little bit surreal but we've still got a bit more work to do", he said.

"He has a very good left foot, and time will tell at what level he is at and if it fits the A-League... it would only be big if he could play and go really well", he said.

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.

Bolt is expected to spend around a month with the Mariners to prove his footballing ability with a rumoured $900,000 contract potentially awaiting him should he impress.

Bolt recently played for a Rest of the World XI in Soccer Aid's charity football match for Unicef.

"It is crucial to note that all discussions between the Central Coast Mariners and Bolt require an initial six-week trial period and no contract is guaranteed".

Many fans were laughing at the "publicity stunt" on Tuesday, but renown Australian commentator Simon Hill didn't see the amusing side.

"If they're being serious, no".

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"We don't need it".

"We're going through the proper channels, we're just waiting for a reply". The league is a serious competition.

"If he can, let's light up the A-League and bring one of the biggest named athletes in sport to the Central Coast".

"Mainly, a trial, and of course marquee funds support from the FFA".

Though on the pitch for less than half an hour, Bolt struggled with his first touch and, playing as a forward, failed to make the runs you'd expect of the sprint king.

The team was co-coached by Eric Cantona and Harry Redknapp, who previously served as an "advisor" to the Mariners in 2016.

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

He has previously trained with clubs including Germany's Borussia Dortmund and South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns and also played a practice match with Melbourne Heart's youth team during a 2012 visit to Australia.

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