Usain Bolt forced to put professional football dream on hold

Usain Bolt forced to put professional football dream on hold as he ends Central Coast Mariners trial period

  • Usain Bolt had been on an ‘indefinite trial’ with the Central Coast Mariners
  • He scored twice in a trial match and played 95 minutes overall for A-League side
  • Sprint king Bolt and club couldn’t find ‘commercial solution that suits all parties’
  • Jamaican thanked ‘owners, management, staff, players and fans’ for trial period

Alexander Britton, Press Association

Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt’s trial at Australian football club Central Coast Mariners is over.

The club announced on Friday morning that they were parting ways with the 32-year-old, who was on an indefinite trial.

Bolt played 95 minutes for the A-League outfit in two trial games and scored twice against weak opposition, but appeared to find the transition from track to field tricky.

Usain Bolt has failed to come to an agreement with Central Coast Mariners in Australia

Usain Bolt has failed to come to an agreement with Central Coast Mariners in Australia

The club, Bolt and his agent were trying to find a commercial deal that suited all parties

The club, Bolt and his agent were trying to find a commercial deal that suited all parties

The club, Bolt and his agent Ricky Simms were trying to find a commercial deal but said they will not be ‘able to settle on a suitable deal in a timely manner’.

The Jamaican said: ‘I would like to thank the Central Coast Mariners owners, management, staff, players and fans for making me feel so welcome during my time there. I wish the club success for the season ahead.’

Bolt’s brace came in a friendly against Macarthur South West United with on-loan strike partner Ross McCormack saying: ‘If he pulls it all together, he can be some threat’.

But former Republic of Ireland international Andy Keogh was less taken by Bolt, saying the sprint star had a first touch ‘like a trampoline’.

Central Coast Mariners owner Mike Charlesworth wished Bolt well for the future.

He said: ‘Despite the fact that we could not come to an agreement that would continue Usain Bolt’s football journey with the Central Coast Mariners, we’ve been thrilled to have the Olympic champion sprinter and world record holder as part of our club for these past eight weeks.

The former sprinter has been on trial with the club and scored twice for them earlier this month

The former sprinter has been on trial with the club and scored twice for them earlier this month

Bolt has now left the A-League side and will continue his search for a professional contract 

Bolt has now left the A-League side and will continue his search for a professional contract 

USAIN BOLT’S OLYMPIC MEDALS

2008 – 100m – Gold

200m – Gold

2012 – 100m – Gold

200m – Gold

4x100m relay – Gold

2016 – 100m – Gold

200m – Gold

4x100m relay – Gold

‘For the Mariners, it’s been a pleasure to work with Usain as he pursued his desire to become a professional football player.

‘From day one, Usain dedicated himself to being part of the Mariners. He integrated very well into the team and made great strides as a footballer.

‘Most notable, was his performance in Campbelltown where he scored two goals helping the Mariners secure a 4-0 win against Macarthur South West United.

‘Whilst we understand that Usain will not be part of the club going forward, the Central Coast Mariners wish him all the best in his future endeavours and we hope that opportunities arise to collaborate in other capacities in the future.’


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