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PostSubject: Usain Bolt wants to play professional Soccer   Usain Bolt wants to play professional Soccer EmptyWed 18 Jul 2018, 10:29 am

Don't sweat on Usain Bolt appearing at a ground near you
Phil Lutton
17 July 2018 — 7:44pm

And you thought Jeff Fenech playing for Parramatta in the late 80s was big news. Imagine then, if you will, Usain Bolt, the greatest track athlete that has ever lived, sauntering down Mann St in Gosford to share the mad love, probably hand out some Puma kit, in between training sessions with the Mariners by day and DJ commitments at the RSL well into the night.

Can he win their hearts? At 31, with his Olympic career now over and new dreams beckoning, it would be a tale of emotion and warmth. Sadly, Bolt doesn't appear to be particularly good at football, which stands to be a significant hurdle. Hurdles were never his thing.
Not his first: Usain Bolt has trained with the likes of Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.


You can't fault the Mariners for trying their luck with Bolt. The  mere mention of his name has the A-League in headlines around the world. He's one of the greatest athletes in history and, with Michael Phelps, one of the icons of the modern Olympiad.

When he made a (paid) appearance at the recent Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April, Bolt spoke about his love of football and his ambition to play for a living. He's always idolised Manchester United, and that remains his dream destination.

"I'm still in the early stage. But I'm very serious about playing football and putting in the work. I'm working with Dortmund at this point and they are really helping me to figure out in which direction I need to go and where to improve if I'm really going to do this," Bolt said.


And to hose down the rampant rumours: "I'm not linked to Manchester United. Hopefully in the future."

Does the road to Old Trafford start on the picturesque Central Coast? At the moment, the ground looks shaky. A trial remains some sort of possibility but any contract would require a substantial injection of funds from the FFA, who don't seem particularly keen to raid the vault for a stunt.

With his manager suggesting that the Mariners were just one of a few options, it's hard to envisage Bolt trialling in Australia if there was little chance of a contract at the end his footballing probation period.

If there was, could Bolt guarantee he was available for the entire home-and-away season, or would he make guest appearances here and there between lucrative commitments with sponsors overseas?

As much fun that can be had with the idea of Bolt in a Mariners jersey, those charged with running the game in Australia flirt with the very real danger of making a league that yearns for credibility a rolling punchline.

The initial crowds would likely be strong but if Bolt turned out to be as good at football as a late-career Paul Gascoigne was at sprinting, then who knows how long the appeal would last.

Barring a drastic spike in Bolt's football skills, which have been on show at clubs like Borussia Dortmund in Germany, there's a better chance the Jamaican will be running the 100m in Tokyo than trying to extract a point from an away trip to Wellington.


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PostSubject: Re: Usain Bolt wants to play professional Soccer   Usain Bolt wants to play professional Soccer EmptyWed 18 Jul 2018, 10:32 am

First up why would an A league club want to take him on as he cant play Soccer.  Surely there are much better players available all over Australia.  Most of who will never get a chance.
If he did get picked, then he should start at a commensurate salary, I'm sure many of us are used to starting at the bottom when we switch jobs.
At his age he wouldn't have many years left in him as a player even if he was a good player, so I don't see him ever getting to Manchester United.
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PostSubject: Re: Usain Bolt wants to play professional Soccer   Usain Bolt wants to play professional Soccer EmptyWed 08 Aug 2018, 3:29 pm

LOL
Bolt has an indefinite agreement with The Central Coast Mariners...
Oh dear, you got to be more than just fast to be a good Soccer player.

He has 2 physical advantages that might come in handy... height and speed... in attack or defence they are good to have.
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PostSubject: Re: Usain Bolt wants to play professional Soccer   Usain Bolt wants to play professional Soccer EmptyWed 08 Aug 2018, 3:55 pm

I don't follow any type of Football, but being able to "run fast" around the race track, kicking a ball, is not a requirement for any of them.

Plus, isn't he (at 31) getting a bit too old to start learning to play Soccer? LOL

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-07/usain-bolt-to-train-with-central-coast-mariners/10085220

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