Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt could be on his way to the A-League, according to a News Corp Australia report.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Bolt, 31, is set for a six-week trial with the Central Coast Mariners starting next month with a season-long deal on the table should he make the grade.
Bolt, a Manchester United fan who attended Sunday’s World Cup final in Moscow, retired from the track after the world championships in London last year.
He has since trialled with German giants Borussia Dortmund and Stromsgodset in Norway.
The Mariners firmed as Bolt’s most likely destination after taking the sprint king’s ambitions seriously, the report says, despite several A-League clubs being interested.
“Apart from him obviously being extremely fast the feedback we have received from Germany and Norway is that he is a very good learner and shows dramatic improvement after every training session,” Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp told the Telegraph.
“This is a very real football opportunity, this is not a stunt or gimmick – we want to know if Usain can play.
“If he can, let’s light up the A-League and bring one of the biggest named athletes in sport to the Central Coast.”