Usain Bolt is on the verge of sealing a deal to trial with the A-League's Central Coast Mariners, the Australian club said Tuesday, as the sprint legend pursues his dream of playing professional football.
The eight-time Olympic champion retired from athletics past year following the World Championships in London and has not hidden his ambition of entering the professional football ranks.
"The deal between the Mariners and Usain Bolt in principle has been agreed, subject to a couple of benchmarks", his agent Tony Rallis told the Big Sports Breakfast.
News Corp is reporting that the retired sprinter is headed to the Central Coast Mariners where he'll undertake a six-week trial that could lead to a season-long signing.
The Mariners, who finished bottom of the A-League last season, have recently employed former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan as their sporting director.
"Once the FFA comes back and says that they'll be part of the process, we're going to the trial".
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Rallis is now in the United Kingdom and has been dealing directly with Bolt's representative Ricky Simms, who he says is fully supportive of the idea.
Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp said there is still a lot of work to do, and the tryout is essential in determining the skill of the 6-foot-5 Jamaican.
"Not fighting, no, the sport it could be is football - as a massive Man [chester] United fan, we'll see", he said.
The 100m and 200m world record holder further trained with Norwegian top-flight football team Stromsgodset earlier this year, as well as South African club Sundowns. If all does go through (which appears likely) you might need to venture beyond your local listings if you're interested in watching Bolt play.
Bolt played in a charity match for Unicef last month in London, captaining a "Soccer Aid World XI" team that featured Robbie Williams, Kevin Pietersen and Yaya Toure.
His trial would be similar to the one Jarryd Hayne underwent before earning a contract to play American Football.