Usain Bolt on the verge of joining the A-League – no, seriously!

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    While it might force you to check your calendar just to be sure it isn’t April 1, News Corporation are reporting that 100-metre sprint champion Usain Bolt is headed to the A-League.

    According to reports late on Monday evening, Bolt is set to sign with the Central Coast Mariners to undertake a six-week trial. If the trial is successful, Bolt could link a long-term deal with the Mariners.

    Bolt, who won three consecutive gold medals in the 100 metre sprint at the Summer Olympics and still holds the world record in the event, has publicly stated that his post-sprinting dream was to play in the English Premier League for Manchester United. Bolt has also previously suggested he would like to play professional level basketball and cricket, with the Australian Big Bash League spoken of as one of his preferred destination.

    This is not the first time Bolt has experienced top-level football. Earlier in 2018 Bolt trained with German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.

    While he scored an early goal in training, Bolt’s presence was more seen as a cross-promotion by German shoe manufacturer Puma – who sponsor Bolt and Dortmund. This time around, Bolt appears to have set his sights on making the grade.

    It remains to be seen whether Bolt’s dreams will translate into reality, but his presence is sure to bring some recognition to the Mariners who finished the past season in last place and are currently enduring significant financial troubles.

    The Mariners first match of the 2018-19 season is up against the Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium.

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    • July 17th 2018 @ 2:38am
      tim said | July 17th 2018 @ 2:38am | ! Report

      For the credibility of the competition, I beg that he fails.

    • July 17th 2018 @ 6:03am
      Blubber said | July 17th 2018 @ 6:03am | ! Report

      I hope he goes well. If he doesn’t , just throw him in goal.

    • July 17th 2018 @ 7:50am
      Al said | July 17th 2018 @ 7:50am | ! Report

      How about attracting actual footballers?

    • July 17th 2018 @ 8:01am
      Johnny Chen said | July 17th 2018 @ 8:01am | ! Report

      Demonstrating again what a farce the A League is. I’ll stick with the Euro leagues thanks very much.

      • July 17th 2018 @ 8:07am
        Fadida said | July 17th 2018 @ 8:07am | ! Report

        And yet Bolt had trials at European clubs as well. Would you have not watched the Bundesliga had Dortmund signed him?

        Some people are truly odd

        • July 17th 2018 @ 8:10am
          Kangas said | July 17th 2018 @ 8:10am | ! Report

          Johnny Chen

          Germany and Borussia Dortmund are in Europe

        • July 17th 2018 @ 8:47am
          Max danger said | July 17th 2018 @ 8:47am | ! Report

          The article states it was a puma promotion – not a real trial

          • July 17th 2018 @ 9:23am
            chris said | July 17th 2018 @ 9:23am | ! Report

            Amazing how articles like this bring out all the people who have never been or ever intend to go to an A-League match. They just hang around hoping to get noticed because they get bored with the monotony of their sport.

      • July 17th 2018 @ 8:10am
        chris said | July 17th 2018 @ 8:10am | ! Report

        Johnny is not amused.

      • July 17th 2018 @ 8:38am
        Post_hoc said | July 17th 2018 @ 8:38am | ! Report

        So I assume by your comment of sticking with the Euro leagues, you don’t watch the A league? So you didn’t think enough of it before, and nothing has changed your mind? So no lose to the HAL, serious question though, who do you follow, which Euro League and which team(s)?

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          July 17th 2018 @ 9:40am
          At work said | July 17th 2018 @ 9:40am | ! Report

          Johnny Chen probably follows Manchester United by waiting to hear the results on the Ch.7 sports update during he news.
          No big loss if he doesn’t convert to the AL

          • July 17th 2018 @ 11:35am
            Post_hoc said | July 17th 2018 @ 11:35am | ! Report

            That’s what I am trying to get out of him. Is it RM or Barca in La Liga and Liverpool or Man U in EPL? Just curious really.

            • July 17th 2018 @ 1:25pm
              MQ said | July 17th 2018 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

              He may have started following City after they were taken over by the Sheikhs

      • July 17th 2018 @ 5:20pm
        Ian said | July 17th 2018 @ 5:20pm | ! Report

        any Euro league in particular? Or just every single one of them?

        Do you feel any actual connection with any team from any of the multiple euro leagues?

    • July 17th 2018 @ 8:04am
      chris said | July 17th 2018 @ 8:04am | ! Report

      Will be interesting to see how he goes in this trial period. I’d be very surprised if he indeed makes it but wishing him all the best.

    • July 17th 2018 @ 8:12am
      Kangas said | July 17th 2018 @ 8:12am | ! Report

      Bolt will be better then Mario Jardel

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