Jamaican Sprint Sensation Usain Bolt is on the brink of a surprise career move – swapping sprinting for soccer.
The 31-year-old is in talks to join Australian soccer team Central Coast Mariners on a six-week trial.
The 100m and 200m gold medalist has been in communication with the New South Wales club for three months, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The signing of Usain Bolt would beat the hype that surrounded Alessandro Del Piero joining Sydney FC in 2012.
It would also share similarities with Jarred Hayne’s adventure in the NFL who through perseverance proved his move was not a gimmick.
The news comes after Mike Phelan, a former Manchester United coach, was appointed as the Mariner’s sporting director.
It is understood that Phelan, who worked closely with Sir Alex Ferguson for over 19 years, would be closely involved in Bolt’s trial and potential season.
Bolt retired from sprinting last year after he cemented himself as the fastest man on the world with eleven world titles.
The eight-time Olympic gold medalist had grown up playing football and cricket before focusing on his athletic career.
This would not be the first time Bolt has aimed for a professional career as he has already trialled at Borussia Dortmund in March and Stromsgodset last month.
The German and Norwegian teams, respectively, did not offer Bolt a contract for the trials.
‘I want to try to get better, to work as hard as I can, play as much as I can. Maybe a club will see something and decide to give me a chance,’ Bolt said.