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Usain Bolt’s football dream: how he got to the brink of a professional deal | Richard Parkin

Who is behind the remarkable transition and what has driven the narrative to this point?

It already has more bizarre twists than an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, but on Sunday night the Curious Case of Usain Bolt, Professional Footballer delivered once again. Asked post-match on Sunday evening for his response to reports that the Central Coast Mariners were considering offering a professional playing contract to the Jamaican sprint legend, coach Mike Mulvey appeared entirely taken aback.

The Englishman isn’t the only one utterly in the dark, but it was an illustrative moment from a “will-he, won’t he” saga made exponentially more complex by the various subplots, actors and interests involved.

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