Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt Photo credit: © Philippe Fitte for IAAF & © Giancarlo Colombo for IAAF

Usain Bolt touched down in Australia to try out with Central Coast Mariners, a professional football team.

The right-time Olympic sprint champion was welcomed on arrival by a small group of Central Coast fans. He said will start training on Tuesday and he won’t leave anytime soon.

“I’m here forever. That’s the plan. I’m going to push myself. I’m going to work hard, and I’m looking forward to putting my best foot forward,” said Bolt.

Bolt, who is the world 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19) world record holder, previously trained teams in Germany, Norway and South Africa.

According to team officials, Bolt would be treated like any other player and would not be offered a contract if he did not make the grade. The club won the A-League in 2013 but finished in last place of 10 teams last season.

“I’ve said all along this is for real and I’m here to show what I can do,” he said. “I know what I’m capable of, and I know what I can do, so this is the opportunity.


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