Usain Bolt football ambition remains – possible Jamaica call-up

Usain Bolt is still looking to secure a professional football contract, which could lead to a call-up to the full Jamaica squad.

The 32-year-old has been offered a contract by the Central Coast Mariners of the Australian A-League following a trial spell.

Bolt could not agree personal terms, but the sprinting legend still has dreams of making it as a professional footballer.

“I think people are still contacting my agent now about opportunities, so we’ll see in which direction it goes,” he said.

Jamaican FA president Michael Ricketts remain hopeful that Bolt pursues a football career and that he can then be in line to play for his country’s national side – the Reggae Boyz.

“If he shows he’s good enough to make the Jamaican team then he will be called up, but we are following his progress, we are watching him closely,” said Ricketts.

“The coach will make a decision but we would love to see him in a serious, real match situation.

“We are hopeful because Usain would certainly be a crowd puller. If he turns up in a Jamaican outfit then a lot of people would want to turn up and watch Usain Bolt play football.”

Bookmakers are not sure Bolt’s football dream will be seen through and PaddyPower offer 16/1 that he could play for Jamaica one day.

Spokesman Paddy Power said: “As unlikely as it should be, especially considering his trial with Central Coast Mariners has come to an end, we wouldn’t be surprised if Usain Bolt got a Jamaica cap.

“The cynic in me would call it a money-spinning exercise…”

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