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Usain Bolt’s prospects of a professional soccer career are becoming brighter

The eight-time Olympic gold medalist has landed in Australia for training with the Central Coast Mariners

Arguably the greatest sprinter of all time, Usain Bolt is trying to become a professional soccer player. The eight-time Olympic gold medalist has landed in Australia for training with the Central Coast Mariners. The Australian team is part of the A-league, the country’s premier league. 

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Bolt told reporters when he landed in Australia, “This is real, I’ve said it since my last season of track and field I want to play football, I know what I’m capable of, I know what I can do, so I’m thankful to the Mariners for giving me this opportunity to show what I’m capable of.”

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The sprinter has also played with the Borussia Dortmund, the Norwegian side Strømsgodset and South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns. None of his previous trips have resulted in a professional agreement. But the sprinter insists that he is set on becoming a professional soccer player. 

According to Bolt’s Instagram, the 21st of August was both his first day training with the team, and also his birthday. Bolt said at the press conference after this first practice that, “It’s just like track and field, the first practice is always the worst one. I know it’s going to take time and work, and I’m ready to work.”

According to Yahoo Sports, Bolt could play in his first game as soon as August 31st.