Usain Bolt to train with A-League's Mariners indefinitely

Usain Bolt

Bolt is expected to head down to begin training with the Australian A-league team later this month, the Central Coast Mariners website said.

Bolt retired from his track career in 2017, and Silva told KVUE Bolt's not ready yet for "professional soccer".

It's offical. Usain Bolt has signed on with the Central Coast Mariners for what the A League club are calling an "indefinite training period". "I haven't had time to go and watch (video of) every player that's come in for training", he said. "Remember, I don't take limits!"

His sprinting dominance was punctuated with a "triple double", clinching golds in the 100 and 200 meters in Beijing, London and Rio.

Bolt, 31, has already trained with Borussia Dortmund, South African club Sundowns and Norway's Stromsgodset.

Both Bolt and the A-League side have been in talks for some weeks with the eight-time Olympic gold medalist keen to become a professional footballer. His skills on the ball, however, are still a work in progress.

"If the trial goes ahead and Central Coast Mariners decided it stacks up and they want to offer him a contract, then we will have a discussion with them around that and what might be possible".

The Mariners had to work hard to secure Bolt: As recently as two weeks ago there were reports he was in talks with a United States club who was willing to offer him a contract without a trial period.

Bolt will train ‘for an indefinite period' with the rest of the staff, the team said in a statement, adding the agreement does not guarantee him a contract as a professional football player, but gives him the opportunity to achieve his great goal of being part of a club. The 32-year-old Honda played 98 times for Japan before announcing his retirement after the World Cup in Russian Federation.

The Mariners play in the Sydney suburb of Gosford to a capacity crowd of just over 20,000.

"I look forward to the challenge", Bolt said.

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