Olympic sensation and world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, is continuing forward with his plan to play professional soccer in the A-League by committing to training with Australian team Central Coast Mariners for an indefinite period of time.
Bolt has won eight Olympic gold medals and has held the world records for 100 and 200 metres. Although he is not guaranteed a deal with the Mariners, he is indefinitely training with the A-League club in order to improve his skill set.
Bolt, 31, 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. I always say that anything is possible, don't think limits, and I look forward to the challenge."
Chief executive Shaun Mielekamp said: "It is important that we don't get too caught up in the hype of possibilities, but the reality is that Usain Bolt has placed his faith in the Central Coast Mariners to accelerate his football journey.
"Whilst we all know this must be tempered with the reality that there is a job to do and hard work ahead, we are committed to building a team that will win matches and instil belief, hopefully Usain can help us on this mission."
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