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Sports Usain Bolt takes another step toward soccer career

17:41  07 august  2018
17:41  07 august  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Usain Bolt is quickly closing in on a professional soccer career . The Jamaican sprinting great has negotiated an "indefinite training period" with Sprinting star Usain Bolt participates in the Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 match in June as a member of the 'Rest of the World' team, against England.

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a man wearing a football uniform: Sprinting star Usain Bolt participates in the Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 match in June as a member of the 'Rest of the World' team, against England.© Lynne Cameron/Getty Images Sprinting star Usain Bolt participates in the Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 match in June as a member of the 'Rest of the World' team, against England.

Usain Bolt is quickly closing in on a professional soccer career.

The Jamaican great has negotiated an "indefinite training period" with Central Coast Mariners in Australia's A-League.

The eight-time Olympic gold medallist and the 100- and 200-metre world record holder has been chasing another career ambition since quitting quit track and field.

"It has been my dream to play professional football and 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," the 31-year-old Bolt said in a statement released by the Mariners on Tuesday. "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."

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Usain Bolt will make his debut for the Central Coast Mariners in an Australian A-League pre-season exhibition game against an amateur team. Sprint star Usain Bolt shifts to passing, agility drills in 1st workout with Australian soccer club. Usain Bolt takes another step toward soccer career .

Usain Bolt has a few more months to prove his soccer prowess in Australia. Central Coast Mariners coach Mike Mulvey said Thursday that he will wait until January before assessing the progress of eight-time Olympic gold medallist sprinter Bolt , who's set to have his next pre-season match for the

The Mariners said the agreement does not guarantee Bolt a professional contract but does give him the opportunity.

"I always say that 'Anything is possible, don't think limits,' and I look forward to the challenge," said Bolt, who is set to travel to Gosford, north of Sydney, this month to join the squad for practice.

The A-League season opens in October.

Bolt has already tried to play with clubs in Germany and South Africa and some critics have regarded speculation of his latest attempt in Australia as a public relations stunt.

Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp said he is optimistic about Bolt's opportunity.

"It is important that we don't get too caught up in the hype of possibilities, but ... we are committed to building a team that will win matches and instill belief, hopefully Usain can help us on this mission," Mielekamp said. "We welcome Usain with open arms, and we will always remain grounded and focused on the job at hand."

Football Federation Australia responded last month with caution when reports emerged of Bolt's hopes to play in the A-League.

In a statement then, the FFA said: "While Usain Bolt is one of the most famous athletes on the planet, he's not a professional footballer. If the trial goes ahead and Central Coast Mariners decided it stacks up and they want to offer him a contract, then we will have a discussion with them around that and what might be possible."

Usain Bolt completes first training session with Australian soccer team .
"I don't want to be treated as the world's fastest man, I want to be treated as a footballer because that’s what I want to be," Bolt said.Bolt dominated the track and the Jamaican great is now trying to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional soccer player, having linked up with the A-League outfit for an "indefinite" trial.

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