The fastest man in the world is on the brink of a shocking career move, choosing an Australian competition as his unlikely successor.
Usain Bolt, 31, will trade in his sprint shoes for studded boots should he accept an offer of a six-week intensive trial for A-League club, the Central Coast Mariners.
The 100m and 200m gold medalist has been in communication with the New South Wales club for three months, the Daily Telegraph reported.
While the scale of the deal has not been finalised, the Jamaican star would likely trial for the football club in mid-August, during their pre-season preparations.
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.
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