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Usain Bolt offered shock trial by Championship side

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Usain Bolt's last ever race ended in heartbreak on Saturday evening, as the 30-year old pulled up injured in the men's 4x100m relay.

The 23-time gold medalist was visibly devastated as he was forced to pull out of the race, leaving Jamaica without a medal in one of their historically-successful events.

However, in an unimaginably-odd turn of events, there could be a silver lining to Bolt's retirement from sprinting, with rumors circulating he is set to be offered a trial by Championship relegation-battlers Burton Albion.

Nigel Clough's side, who have experienced a meteoric rise since promotion to the Football League back in 2009, avoided relegation to League One by a solitary point last season and have already added the likes of Wigan's Jake Buxton and veteran Stephen Warnock this summer. 

However, the addition of the world-record holder, while unexpected, would surely be viewed as the coup of the transfer window.

Despite Bolt's inexperience as a footballer, the publicity and financial gain sustained by the club as a result of his signature would surely be priceless. 

And, club Chairman Ben Robinson has taken the saga beyond mere speculation by confirming that should Bolt be interested, the Brewers would be keen to offer him a trial, joking that the 30-year old is ''quick if nothing else''.

He said: “I’m sure we would (offer a trial) and that the manager would. He’s quick, if nothing else!

“He’s done great for his sport athletics and if you look at Adam Gemili who was in the 4x100m relay he played football when he was younger.

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“We would be very interested, obviously."

The approach comes as Bolt is set to train with German giants Borussia Dortmund, although such a practice is understood to be for purposes of fitness and an introduction to the game, with no realistic chance of an on-the-pitch role for the Jamaican.

Despite his high-profile, Robinson has warned Bolt over the challenge of playing in England's second tier.

"The standard is very high (in the Championship) and obviously he would need a level of talent to get his place in the team.

"If he can apply the same amount of enthusiasm and dedication to soccer then who knows what might lie ahead?

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“I’m sure the manager would give him a trial. He’s done a tremendous amount for his sport."

Bolt declared his ambition to play for his favourite club Manchester United in a feature for the Red Devils back in 2015, revealing he once held discussions with manager Sir Alex Ferguson over the possibility of a trial.

He will partially fulfill that ambition if he beats injury to play in a legends game at Old Trafford against Barcelona next month, and should the 30-year old impress, he can potentially look forward to an unlikely career conversion, with the possibility of the 'Lightning Bolt' being on show at the Pirelli Stadium.

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