Perth Glory striker offers his assessment of Usain Bolt - 'touch like a trampoline'

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Former Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt has been on trial at Central Coast for the past two months. 

The 32-year-old Jamaican sprinter has been attempting to make the transition from track to football pitch.

Bolt scored a brace in a recent friendly match and has reportedly been offered a contract by Central Coast, albeit ‘much, much less’ than what Bolt wanted.

Recently, his agent confirmed that he turned down a two-year contract offer from Maltese champion Valletta.

"Usain does not wish to pursue this Malta opportunity," Ricky Simms told ESPN. "There is a lot of interest in Usain playing football. We regularly receive similar approaches."

Bolt, who holds the world records for the 100 and 200 metres, plans to stay in Australia to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional footballer.

However, Perth Glory striker Andy Keogh has dropped his honest opinion on Bolt's footballing ability.

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The former Republic of Ireland international was absolutely scathing.

"It's nice to have the attention on the A League but him [Bolt] playing in the A League, that's not for me," said Keogh on The Keith Andrews Show.

"He's 31. For me, he's not going to be able to make it [as a footballer].

"He's shown a bit [of potential] but it's a little bit of a kick in the teeth to the professionals that are in the league.

"It's fine from a marketing point of view but from a football perspective, it's a little bit farcical."


Keogh, 32, described Bolt's first touch as "like a trampoline" and suggested that no football coach in their right mind would want him in their team.

"If there's someone who genuinely thinks he'd be a good football addition, I don't think they should be in a position to make those calls."

Evidently, he doesn't think very much of Bolt as a footballer.

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