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Usain Bolt's suspected football trial at Burton has been crushed by Nigel Clough

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Unfortunately for some excited Burton Albion fans, Nigel Clough has completely ruled out any chance that Usain Bolt will be signing for the club.

This comes after Ben Robinson, the chairman of the club, said he would be interested in giving Bolt a trial due to his commitment to sport.

This follows Bolt's retirement from athletics, and he has expressed a keen desire to play professional football.

Robinson seemed to suggest that Clough himself was also on board with the move, yet the son of managerial legend Brian Clough rather amusingly contradicted this claim after his team's 2-0 defeat to Middlesborough.

"That's the first I've heard of it,' he said after the defeat. "There is nothing in it as far as I am concerned.

"Would I be interested? No. I'm interested in trying to get a win on Friday night, no distractions. It's a good job he (the chairman) doesn't pick the players then, isn't it?"

Burton have had a disastrous start to the new season, having succumbed to a third successive league defeat, scoring just once in their opening three games, conceding seven.

Many Burton fans might believe that a fit and firing Usain Bolt would be a very valuable asset to have in the Championship, and he could've been an unlikely hero for the struggling outfit.

Burton had no answer to striker Britt Assombalonga, who opened his account for the club by scoring two goals.

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Things went from bad to worse for Burton when with 12 minutes left, substitute Hope Akpan was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Lewis Baker.

Yet, Clough felt Albion could take plenty of confidence from their performance ahead of Friday's clash with local rivals Birmingham City.

"We are delighted with how we played,' he said. "We can take so much encouragement from that.

"We kept going and I thought, considering the opposition and the team we had, we played well."

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As for Bolt, he plans of enjoying his retirement for the time being, but it looks like a career in football will never really happen.

Shame.

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