Usain Bolt has a “good chance” of being signed on a permanent deal by the Central Coast Mariners and the Jamaican’s lack of experience could be his key to earning a professional contract, former Australia international Mark Schwarzer has said.
Bolt’s much-publicised efforts to earn a professional football contract are in a state of limbo as the opening weekend of A-League action gets under way, with the Mariners yet to make a decision on his future following his trial.
But a deal in Australia very much remains a possibility.
“I think he’s got a good chance, purely because he’s been there for so long,” Schwarzer, who played 100 times for the Socceroos, said. “They think he’s got something and that’s why they’ve also got him there.”
Schwarzer saw Bolt’s two-goal showing against Macarthur South West United earlier in October and said while he’s “got a lot of work to do still,” he’s showing “talent” and “promise.”
“The big question is at his age and his stage of life, whether he’s going to improve enough to warrant a contract in the A-League,” Schwarzer said.