Bolt poised for trial with Aussie football club

first_img0Shares0000Usain Bolt is trying to launch a career in football. © AFP / Thomas SAMSONSYDNEY, Australia, Jul 17 – Usain Bolt is on the verge of sealing a deal to trial with the A-League’s Central Coast Mariners, the Australian club said Tuesday, as the sprint legend pursues his dream of playing professional football.Eight-time Olympic champion Bolt, 31, who retired from athletics after August’s World Championships in London, is an avid Manchester United fan who has long dreamt of playing top-flight football. The 100m and 200m world record-holder trained with Norwegian club Stromsgodset last month and Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund in March.The planned arrangement will see him take part in a six-week trial starting next month at the Mariners’ base in Gosford, some 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of Sydney, chief executive Shaun Mielekamp said.A season-long deal could follow if it goes well, he told commercial broadcaster Channel Seven.Football agent Tony Rallis, who has been working on the deal, told Sky Sports Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast Tuesday it has been agreed “in principle… subject to a couple of benchmarks”.“Mainly, a trial, and of course marquee funds support from (governing body Football Federation Australia),” he said, adding that the arrangement was not a gimmick.“Once the FFA comes back and says that they’ll be part of the process, we’re going to the trial… This bloke’s an ambitious athlete. The A-League needed a hero, and we got superman.”Mielekamp said his club had been working on the agreement for four to five months, and there was still “some work to do”.“But fingers crossed things might play out, but the most important thing is we wait to find out and see how good a footballer he is first.“If all goes well, who knows? He may be playing in the A-League this season.”Mielekamp said reports of Bolt’s performance at the European clubs he has trialled with have been “pretty good”, and that “every time he trains, he improves significantly”.“He has a very good left foot, and time will tell at what level he is at and if it fits the A-League… it would only be big if he could play and go really well,” he said.“If he comes in and he is not up to the level, it could have a detrimental effect.”Bolt has dominated sprinting since taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.The charismatic sportsman went on to win a further six Olympic golds and pick up 11 world titles.The A-League season starts in October.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more



first_imgKILLYBEGS soccer star Seamus Coleman has joked about Donegal GAA manager Jim McGuinness trying his sports psychology in Britain.Following speculation of links to both Celtic and Merseyside rivals Liverpool, the Everton man joked: “I’d rather he came to Everton. I’ll have a word with him!”Yesterday McGuinness said he hasn’t had any approaches from soccer clubs in Britain, though he said he would consider any job offer. The Glenties man’s role with Donegal is voluntary in an amateur sport.He earns a living as a sports psychologist.Coleman says he is delighted Donegal won the All-Ireland.“I’m a massive Donegal fan and I keep in touch with the lads, there was no happier man to see them win. They’ve been a great inspiration for everyone in the county. Michael Murphy is a great captain and for the young people in Donegal there’s no one better to look up to, he’s a great role model,” he said. Coleman, who is expected to play for Ireland against Germany this Friday – a day after his 24th birthday – said McGuinness could easily use his skills in the Premier League.“I spoke to Jim a few times and, honestly, he’s a great, great man,” said the former Donegal minor player.“You can see the love he has for football and sport, it’s something else. It would be great if he got a role with one of the football clubs, he could turn his hand to it, no problem. It’s the type of man he is.”Coleman admitted being a fan again for the Euro 2012 campaign – and watched Ireland’s games in Fawlty’s Bar in Killybegs with his mates.“Hopefully I will get another chance to reach a major tournament with Ireland. That’s my aim now, that’s my drive, because everyone wants to play in a major tournament for their country,” he said. COLEMAN: I’D LOVE TO SEE JIM McGUINNESS AT EVERTON! was last modified: October 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:COLEMAN: I’D LOVE TO SEE JIM McGUINNESS AT EVERTON!last_img read more