The fastest man on earth is ready to splash his magic on the soccer ground
The eight-times Olympic Gold medalist has always been open about his desire to play soccer professionally. Finally, Usain Bolt is up to start “Indefinite training period” with Australian soccer team.
— Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) August 7, 2018
31-year-old Jamaican Usain Bolt will begin an Indefinite training period with Australian Central Coast Mariners on August 18. His goal is to make the squad for the Mariners’ season opener on October 21.
In quotes on the team’s website, Bolt said: “I am very excited about coming to Australia and would like to thank the owner and management of the Central Coast Mariners for giving me this opportunity.
“It has been my dream to play professional football and I know that it will involve a lot of hard work and training to get to the level required to play and make an impact in the A-League.”
“When I spoke to the head coach, Mike Mulvey, on the phone he outlined the ambitions of the club and his plans for the upcoming season. I hope I can make a positive contribution to the club and look forward to meeting the other players, staff, and fans in the coming weeks.”
Usain Bolt says, “ I am looking forward to the opportunity to prove that with hard work anything is possible. I am here to show and do my best.”
While Bolt speed as the fastest man in the world is undeniably impressive, his ball skills are still A work on progress. However, the agreement for the Bolt to begin training does not guarantee a professional playing contract. “ It is important that we don’t get too caught up in the hype of possibilities,” says Shaun Mielekamp, Mariners CEO. He adds, “ Having Usain Bolt come to the Club to training and hopefully develop into a professional football player is perfectly aligned to the part of the Clubs’ Philosophy.”
Though Bolt might have a long way to go, he has expressed that he is up for the challenge. We wish him luck for his soccer career.