Jamaican FA president has spoken about Usain Bolt's move into football this year

Central Coast Mariners v Macarthur South West Utd

The brakes have been slammed on Usain Bolt's foray into football.

There was speculation that the Olympic champion could have a future in the 'beautiful game' after his latest performance Central Coast Mariners, which was dubbed a make-or-break trial.

Bolt certainly rose to the occasion and despite playing weakened opposition, he scored two goals during the second-half and ramped up speculation in the process. 

Since that watershed moment, though, updates on Bolt's future have been few and far between with rumours suggesting that the Mariners can't meet the player's economic demands.

And when reports suggested they'd made an agreement, head coach Mike Mulvey was quick to shoot down the speculation and said: “It’s news to me.

Fresh doubts over Bolt

“We’ve got Connor Pain, Tommy Oar, Michael McGlinchey, we’ve got Matt Simon and Ross McCormack - we’ve got a very good front third, so I don’t know anything about that.”

So, there's still a long way to go for Bolt and his future in football might have to feature somewhere other than Australia with other clubs making offers.

However, a new opportunity seems to have opened for the ex-sprinter this week with Michael Ricketts - head of the Jamaican FA - making a serious claim.

Central Coast Mariners v Macarthur South West Utd

Jamaica are watching Bolt closely

"I am a little disappointed that Usain hasn't signed up with a Jamaican club," Ricketts revealed to ESPN FC. "That would give us a chance to see a lot more of him.

"If he shows he's good enough to make the Jamaican team then he will be called up, but we are following his progress -- we are watching him closely. The coach will make a decision but we would love to see him in a serious, real match situation.

"We are hopeful because Usain would certainly be a crowd puller. If he turns up in a Jamaican outfit then a lot of people would want to turn up and watch Usain Bolt play football.

"Bolt would be welcomed into the Jamaica fold if he can continue the progress he has shown in recent months."

Pretty major stuff. Perhaps Bolt could make an international debut before a club bow and Ricketts wasn't finished there.

"Usain has a special attribute in his speed," he continued. "If he can add a little bit of skill, some flair, he could supplement this Jamaican team.


"The players would certainly welcome someone like Usain. I have had informal discussions with some of them and they are excited at the prospect of playing with Usain.

"If he can make the transition from being a superstar on the track to being a good enough football player, then we will certainly call him up.

"We are presently in a competition, the Nations League. After the Nations League, we go into the Gold Cup. By then we will have had a chance to look at him and we'll be in a position to make a decision."

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