The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, has a deal “in-principle” to bring the eight-time Olympic gold medallist to the Central Coast Mariners for a six-week trial, according to an announcement from Australian football agent Tony Rallis (h/t ESPN FC).
The trial will move forward, only if Football Federation Australia agrees to contribute around $900,000 from its marquee fund should the Jamaican sprint king prove worthy of a contract.
Bolt, 31, retired from sprinting last year.
“We’ve got a club that’s willing to allow him to trial and offer him the contract,” Rallis told AAP.
“We’ve got an athlete that’s prepared to meet the trial criteria and benchmarks.
“We just need some funding from the FFA to top it up.”
“We’re not asking them to fund a trial. If it materialises into a contract, that’s when we need some funding,” he said.
“We’re going through the proper channels, we’re just waiting for a reply.”
FFA has a pot of $3 million, provided by Fox Sports, to spend on marquee players for the upcoming season.
“It is crucial to note that all discussions between the Central Coast Mariners and Bolt require an initial six-week-trial period and no contract is guaranteed,” a club statement read.