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Sprint king Bolt gets new football chance at Aussie club

AFP  |  Sydney 

Eight-time Olympic champion will join the A-League's for an "indefinite" training period as he works to realise his dream to become a

The 31-year-old, who retired from last year, is an avid Manchester United fan who has long wanted to play top-flight

He has already tried out with teams in Germany, and South Africa, to no avail.

Undeterred, the Mariners have agreed to see what he has to offer and the sprint legend is set to arrive at their training ground in Gosford, 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of Sydney, later this month.

"The agreement between the and does not guarantee a professional playing contract," the club said on their website late Tuesday.

"But (it) does provide the eight-time Olympic gold medallist with an opportunity to achieve his burning desire to play professionally." Bolt was thrilled to be given another chance to showcase his abilities ahead of the season starting in October.

"I am very excited about coming to and would like to thank the owner and management of the for giving me this opportunity," said the Jamaican.

"It has been my dream to play professional and I know that it will involve a lot of hard work and training to get to the level required to play and make an impact in the

"I always say that 'anything is possible, don't think limits' and I look forward to the challenge." The 100m and 200m world record-holder has previously trained with Norwegian club Stromsgodset, side Borussia Dortmund and South Africa's Sundowns.

Bolt dominated sprinting since taking double individual gold at the Beijing in 2008. He went on to win a further six Olympic golds and pick up 11 world titles.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 11:00 IST