Usain Bolt is currently fixated on becoming a professional footballer in Australia.
The eight-time Olympic gold medallist, Usain Bolt is vying to sign with A-League club Central Coast Mariners on a reported $3 million contract, however physicality is a huge doubt in the minds of the coaches.
Despite having his tremendous speed, the game of football requires much more physical exertion for a more extended period of time than his regular sprinting routings.
The Jamaican legend has went on record and admitted to the limitation, however he’s very adamant about proving himself and naysayers wrong.
“For me it’s the stop and go, the tick tacks, because I am not used to going up and down up and down, back and forth. I think that’s the most challenging,” stated Bolt
He also added, “it’s not like a charity game anymore — this is the career that I am pursuing … There will be nerves but I expect to make mistakes, but I also expect to go in and make myself proud.”
The Bolt effect is certainly spreading as NSW State of Origin coach Brad Fittler and former Australian sprinting champion Matt Shirvington were both in attendance at his first official training session.
“Anyone that’s attempted to sprint looks up to Usain. When I told my daughter I was interviewing him she said, ‘That must make you feel pretty bad … he is better than you’,” Shirvington said.
Up to an expected 20,000 people are to turn out to Central Coast Stadium on Friday to watch the fastest man on earth’s soccer debut on Australian soil.