Usain Bolt chooses Australia over Austin for soccer training

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JUNE 10: Usain Bolt controls the ball during the Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2018 match between England and The Rest of the World at Old Trafford on June 10, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

GODFORD, Australia (KXAN) — Despite heavy courting from Austin’s United Soccer League team, famed sprinter-turned-soccer player Usain Bolt has decided to join an Australian team.

The Central Coast Mariners tweeted Bolt would join their crew for “an indefinite training period,” on Tuesday. They posted a video of Bolt addressing current and future fans. 

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to prove that with hard work everything is possible,” Bolt said.

Bolt is best known as “the fastest man alive,” having won eight gold medals in the Olympics and shattering records along the way. He has never played soccer professionally.

Austin’s USL team, the Austin Bold FC, had been negotiating to have Bolt join them and play at Circuit of the Americas. Prior to that revelation, Bolt had already had a six-week trial with the Australian A-League team.

Bolt’s agreement with the Central Coast Mariners doesn’t guarantee a professional playing contract. He will join the team for training later this month.

“I’m gonna come here and do my best,” Bolt said. “Watch out, I’m on the way. Remember, I don’t think limits.”

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