Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt will join Central Coast Mariners for an "indefinite training period", the Australian Club announced on Tuesday. The Jamaican, an eight-time Olympic champion and the 100m and 200m world record holder, will not be guaranteed a professional contract at the club. Bolt, who retired from athletics in 2017, will link up with the A-league side for the first time on August 18.
Shaun Mielekamp, Chief Executive Officer at the Central Coast Mariners, said Bolt would be welcomed "with open arms", but that the club remain "grounded and focused on the job in hand". 31 year old Bolt has already trained with Borussia Dortmund, South African club Sundowns and Norway's Stromsgodset.