Usain Bolt poised for surprise trial with Aussie football club

Usain Bolt poised for surprise trial with Aussie football club

Australian football agent Tony Rallis said Monday a "deal between the Mariners and Usain Bolt in principle has been agreed, subject to a couple of benchmarks".

Bolt has previously spent trial soccer runs with Germany's Borussia Dortmund and Norway's Stromsgodset.

The Jamaican former sprinter, 31, is negotiating a six-week stint with the Central Coast Mariners, a team in the country's A-League competition.

FFA has a pot of $3 million, provided by Fox Sports, to spend on marquee players for the upcoming season.

The eight-time Olympic champion retired from athletics a year ago following the World Championships in London and has not hidden his ambition of entering the professional football ranks.

Bolt has confessed his love for Manchester United and has even been invited to the club's Carrington training complex in the past, while former assistant manager, Mike Phelan, is now the Mariners' sporting director.

Reports: Usain Bolt On Verge Of First Professional Football Contract, Set To Sign For A-League Side Central Coast Mariners

According to the Australian Daily Telegraph, Bolt is close to signing on for a six-week trial period with the club and could earn a longer deal that lasts the duration of the 2018/19 A-League season if he suitably impresses down under.

In May, Bolt trained with Norwegian team Strømsgodset and he trialled with German side Borussia Dortmund in March, although neither offered him a contract. "He will create dreams for young people and he will give the A-League a profile no amount of money can buy".

His trial would be similar to the one Jarryd Hayne underwent before earning a contract to play American Football.

"This bloke's an ambitious athlete".

"Usain has made it quite clear that he's interested in playing professional football", Simms told AAP.

"There's still a lot of work to do in regards to understanding exactly how the deal would work out and how things would look, but things are very positive at the moment", Central Coast Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp said on Australia's Seven Network. That's why the trial is really important because if he comes and he's not up to the level, then it actually has a detrimental effect.

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