Usain Bolt to train with Australian soccer side Central Coast Mariners

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Bolt said it had been his "dream" to play football and acknowledged it would require a lot of hard work and training.

"We've heard that every time he's been training with them he's made dramatic improvements while he was there", Mielekamp said.

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". He is scheduled to join the team later this month.

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

The 31-year-old has already trained with several clubs around the world, including Borussia Dortmund, Stromgodset and Mamelodi Sundowns, but his stint in Australia looks to be his best chance of winning a deal.

The Central Coast Mariners have confirmed Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt will train with the club for an indefinite period in an attempt to win an A-League contract.

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Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man has a dream - and he isn't ready to give up on it easily.

Bolt, 31, retired from athletics previous year following a career that featured the 100m world record and eight Olympic gold medals.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunities to prove that with hard work anything is possible".

Central Coast Mariners CEO, Shaun Mielekamp welcomed the vast opportunity that presents itself by having one of the greatest athletes of all time here on the Central Coast.

The club's CEO Shaun Mielekamp said having Bolt visit would align with the Mariners' philosophy of being an innovative, entertaining and community-minded sports brand. Silva said that while the Central Coast Mariners were offering Bolt more money, the Austin BOLD FC could get him ready for the big leagues.

"Hopefully Usain can help us on this mission", he added.

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