Central Coast Mariners confirm Bolts future; is it good business?
The worlds fastest man Usain Bolt has been thrown a lifeline by A-leagues Central Coast Mariners as his ambitions to become a professional footballer continue.
The eight-time Olympic gold medalist will train with the Mariners for an “indefinite period” and will arrive in Gosford later this month.
“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,” Bolt said in a statement.
Bolt, 31, has not been guaranteed a playing contract but allows him the chance to chase the opportunity of a start with the Mariners.
They become the fourth club that Bolt has tried out for in an effort to make it in the round ball game, following teams in Germany, Norway and South Africa.
“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,” Bolt said.
“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.
“I always say that ‘anything is possible, don’t think limits’ and I look forward to the challenge.”
The club’s chief executive Shaun Mielekamp said having Bolt visit would align with the Mariners’ philosophy of being an innovative, entertaining and community-minded sports brand.
“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,” he said.
“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.”