Usain Bolt has all the tools to make it in football – Ross McCormack

Ross McCormack thinks the 32-year-old former sprinter can earn himself a full-time contract with the Central Coast Mariners.

Usain Bolt has all the attributes to succeed in professional football, according to Central Coast Mariners team-mate Ross McCormack.

Former Scotland forward McCormack is on loan at the Australian A-League side from Aston Villa and has been playing alongside Jamaica’s eight-time Olympic champion, who is on trial with the Mariners as he attempts to become a professional footballer.

Bolt scored twice in a pre-season friendly against Macarthur South West United last week and the goals have increased the excitement levels at the prospect of the 32-year-old former sprinter earning a full-time contract.

“He is an absolute specimen of a human being. Huge, 6ft 5in tall and his shoulders seem about three metres wide,” McCormack told the Daily Mail.

“His transformation just since I’ve been here is massive. He needed a different type of fitness. He’s used to being explosive and running in straight lines. He’s had to get used to stopping and checking and building his stamina.

“If he pulls it all together he can be some threat. He can bump guys off easily with his strength, he’s got aerial presence and then there’s the fear factor of his pace. Defenders won’t want to allow him to turn or run behind them because they know they won’t catch him.

“The great thing is Usain’s so humble. You forget you are with a global icon. He stays behind to work after training and asks for advice yet, when he talks, it’s a bit like John Terry at Aston Villa last season, everyone in the dressing room wants to listen.”



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