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Saturday 20 October 2018

'It will determine the next step in my career' - Usain Bolt on his first trial as a professional footballer

Usain Bolt at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas
Usain Bolt at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Usain Bolt has set his sights high as he looks to realise his dream of becoming a professional footballer at the age of 31.

The legendary eight-time Olympic gold medal winning sprinter walked away from his record breaking track and field career when he limped out of the London World Championships in August and now he has opened up to Yahoo Sports on his dream to make it big in a second sporting pursuit.

Bolt’s management team were inundated with offers for the Jamaican sporting icon to train with professional football clubs following after his retirement from athletics, with his upcoming trail at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund a make or break moment in a story that will be fascinating to follow ion 2018.

“One of my dreams was always to try and play football and I have a trial coming up with Borrusia Dortmund in March that will tell me whether it is possible,” Bolt told Independent.ie at the PokerStars Caribbean event in the Bahamas.

“I get a chance to trail with a top team, see how I shape up and that will determine what happens with the next step in my career. I will see where my skills are at, whether this big dream I have always had makes any sense.

“I am nervous about this trial. I don’t normally get nervous, but I wonder whether I can make it. This is football now and I don’t know whether I can do it.

“It will take time to adjust but once I play a few times I'll get used to it. I was like this when I started track and field. Everyone needs time to get used to things. Getting used to the crowd, people and everyone around and it falls into place.

“In my eyes at this moment, I believe I could play competitive football for four or five years at a good level, but let’s see whether my skills are at the level they need to be to play at the top.”

Bolt admits he will consider the option of starting his football career with a lower league club, with his highly ambition dream of playing for his beloved Manchester United still on his radar.

“If I was promised I would get a chance to play games, I would go in at a lower level and try to work up to the Premier League level quickly,” he added. “I know it is going to be tough for me to do this, I want to give it everything I have got.

“I have said before that one of my big dreams is to sign for Manchester United. I have spoken to Alex Ferguson about this, but we have to wait and see what happens now. If Dortmund say I'm good enough, I'll crack on and train hard.”

Usain Bolt spoke to Independent.ie at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas from January 6th-14th.

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