Usain Bolt is all ready to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional football player after his stint as the fastest man on earth.
On Tuesday, his agent had confirmed the news that the athlete has agreed on a deal with Australia’s smallest team.
The 31-year-old Jamaican will be participating in a six-week trial that starts next month with the Central Coast Mariners. The Mariners are based outside the coast of Sydney.
If everything goes according to the plans for Bolt, we may well see him in the Mariners outfit in a season-long deal in October.
“After 12 weeks of to-ing and fro-ing we’ve got a club, we’ve got a commercial agreement, we just need our football federation to come to the party and we’ve got a deal,” said Tony Rallis, the sports agent who facilitated the deal.
Bolt, a mere crowd puller?
Running down the dream.
— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) July 17, 2018
Australian league has faced a bit of crisis in the past few years. The crowd is drastically lower than the average count at rugby and Australian rules football matches.
If Bolt manages to draw the audience towards the sport, it might well be a success for both the athlete. Alongside the athlete, it would be a success to the franchise as well as the league.
A move to bring a non-professional into the game has brought a large amount of backlash on the Mariners management. Meanwhile, others have criticised the move from the Mariners as Bolt is not a proven footballer.
Bolt, on the other hand, told Herald Sun in April, “For me, it’s a big deal,” before he added, “Everyone feels like I’m just kidding around, just joking, but I’m serious.”
The 31-year-old athlete started his career playing football before he made the switch to athletics. In Athletics, Bolt holds world records for the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints and the 4×100-meter relay.