Bolt to train with A-League side

Usain Bolt before the England v Soccer Aid World XI Old Trafford Manchester Britain

Usain Bolt before the England v Soccer Aid World XI Old Trafford Manchester Britain

Bolt, who retired from athletics in 2017, will link up with the A-League side for the first time later this month.

He remains the world record holder at the 100m - with a time of 9.58 seconds - and the 200m, where he has clocked 19.19 seconds.

Legendary Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, known for his love for football, will join Australian club Central Coast Mariners for an "indefinite training period".

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

Mulvey insisted the eight-time Olympic gold medallist would be treated as if he was any other player, saying it was nothing out of the ordinary for potential signings to be asked to train with the club for several weeks before being offered a deal.

Bolt, who retired from athletics past year following the World Championships in London, has previously trained with Borussia Dortmund, Norwegian team Strømsgodset and South African side Mamelodi Sundowns FC. His skills on the ball, however, are still a work in progress.

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Shaun Mielekamp, chief executive at the Central Coast Mariners, said Bolt would be welcomed "with open arms", but that the club remains "grounded and focused on the job in hand".

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

The Mariners have insisted that the extended trial is not a commitment to a contract, but want to give the Jamaican a chance.

Even though Bolt has never kicked a ball professionally, the man widely held as one of the greatest Olympians in history arguably shoots to the top of foreigners employed by the A-League in terms of star power. The 32-year-old Honda played 98 times for Japan before announcing his retirement after the World Cup in Russian Federation.

It's a far cry from Manchester United's Old Trafford - where Bolt said playing would be "epic" and "a dream come true" - but it's a start.

I always say everything is possible and I don't believe in limits and I'm excited about the challenge, ' he said.

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