Published: Mon, August 20, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Bolt arrives in Sydney for A-League trial

Bolt arrives in Sydney for A-League trial

Usain Bolt insisted his goal of playing professional football was no pipe dream as he arrived in Australia for his training stint with the Central Coast Mariners.

Bolt, wearing a Mariners' scarf, was met by the media in Sydney airport upon arrival.

The eight-time Olympic champion, who retired from athletics previous year, said: "This is real".

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The eight-time Olympic sprint champion is hoping to earn a contract in time for the start of the A-League season in October. "The Central Coast Mariners have given me a great opportunity and I'm just going to come here and do my best".

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The Mariners have carved a large lightning bolt into the grass at Gosford's Central Coast Stadium, engaged the services of a videographer to capture Bolt's time at the club, and several club officials, including CEO Shaun Mielekamp, rolled out the welcome mat at the airport.

A huge press pack greeted Bolt, along with a handful of fans in arguably the most anticipated trial move in A-League history - giving credence to proponents of the move who suggest Bolt's signing will inject much needed interest to the competition. I'm happy to call Australia home.

The club, which won the A-League in 2013, but finished in last place last season, said Bolt would be treated as any other player and would not be offered a contract if he did not make the grade.

Mariners officials say Bolt is to train with them for an "indefinite" period, allowing the Jamaican every chance to prove he has the ability to play soccer professionally. "I get the impression that he's been genuine about this and so has the club", he added.

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