Usain Bolt has joined professional Australian soccer team Central Coast Mariners of the A-League side for an “indefinite training period.”
The club announced the arrival of the former world’s fastest man on its official website on Tuesday, according to Sporting News.
“The Central Coast Mariners can today confirm that Usain Bolt has committed to an indefinite training period with the Club, with the aim to develop the ‘world’s fastest man’ into a professional footballer,” the club said. “The agreement between the Central Coast Mariners and Usain Bolt does not guarantee a professional playing contract but does provide the eight-time Olympic gold medallist with an opportunity to achieve his burning desire to play football professionally.”
Bolt, who turns 32 later this month, has been on a mission to fulfill his dream of playing professional soccer. Since retiring from sprinting last year, he’s trained with Borussia Dortmund, Mamelodi Sundowns FC and Stromsgodset.
“I am very excited about coming to Australia and would like to thank the owner and management of the Central Coast Mariners for giving me this opportunity,” Bolt said. “It has been my dream to play professional football and I know that it will involve a lot of hard work and training to get to the level required to play and make an impact in the A-League. I hope I can make a positive contribution to the club…I always say that ‘anything is possible, don’t think limits’ and I look forward to the challenge.”