Bolt joins Central Coast Mariners on an 'indefinite training period'

Bolt, an eight-time Olympic gold medallist, will link up with Mike Mulvey's men in Gosford later this month.

Usain Bolt in training with Borussia Dortmund.   -  Bongarts

Usain Bolt's dream of becoming a professional footballer received a big fillip when the Aussie club Central Coast Mariners announced that the former sprinter will join it on an “indefinite training period.”

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According to the A-League club, Bolt, an eight-time Olympic gold medallist, will link up with Mike Mulvey's men in Gosford later this month.

“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 in a statement.

"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," the club said in a release.

Bolt has previously trained with Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and most recently with Norwegian side Strømsgodset.

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