Usain Bolt's proposed A-League trial will go ahead - but only if Football Federation Australia agrees to contribute around $900,000 from its marquee fund should the Jamaican sprint king prove worthy of a contract.
It read: "The Central Coast Mariners would like to publicly address the negotiations between the Club and Usain Bolt".
The Mariners are based in Gosford - about 50 miles north of Sydney - and finished bottom in the A-League last season, recording the longest winless run of 11 games. "They understand that he has to go through six weeks of a trial".
While signings like Bolt might spur an initial curiosity, surely ploughing millions of dollars into turning the A-League into an novelty circus sideshow isn't the most sensible long-term plan. "We've got an athlete that's prepared to meet the trial criteria and benchmarks".
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England bowlers David Willey and Adil Rashid grabbed three wickets each as India lost wickets at regular intervals. "It's a series decider here, which will be like a World Cup match - it's a must-win", the England paceman added.
"If he comes in and he is not up to the level, it could have a detrimental effect".
"We're going through the proper channels; we're just waiting for a reply".
A spokesman for the FFA would not say whether the governing body would contribute to a potential contract. He's never played at a decent level.
A statement released by the Mariners on Tuesday read: "The Central Coast Mariners would like to publicly address the negotiations between the Club and Usain Bolt".
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"If he's competitive, he will lift our A-League profile", Rallis said.
Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp was excited about the prospect of Bolt playing in the A-League at Central Coast Stadium.
His trial would be similar to the one Jarryd Hayne underwent before earning a contract to play American Football.
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That doesn't reflect on who I am as a person today, and that's just what it is. You always get in trouble for things you said when you're younger.
Phelan, who would be closely involved in Bolt's trial, worked under legendary former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson between 1999 and 2013 during the Manchester club's trophy-laden years.