Saturday 21 September, 2019

Usain Bolt to train with Harbour View Football Club

Global sprint star Jamaican Usain Bolt.

Global sprint star Jamaican Usain Bolt.

Global sprint star Jamaican Usain Bolt is expected to join Harbour View Football Club for a few training sessions as he prepares for a tryout for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund in March.

Bolt, 30, who retired from track and field after the IAAF World Championship in London last summer has always harboured ambitions of playing for Manchester United and his impending stint with the German club could be his ticket to making that dream reality.

Bolt will be relying on his good friend, Harbour View head coach Ricardo Gardner to get him ready for this tryout with  Borussia Dortmund.

“I play football a lot but one thing I have decided to do is to start working with (Ricardo) 'Bibi' Gardener, which is a good friend,” Bolt said of the Harbour View coach who played for Bolton Wanderers in the Barclays Premier League for more than a decade.

“He has been in the Premier League so he understands what they would want and what they would need me to do. So I mentioned it to him and he said sure, I can come out to Harbour View and train and get a feel of what’s going on.”

Bolt admitted to feeling a little nervous about the BVB tryout but is confident of success.

“I am always confident in everything. You have to go into everything confident. I know I will be a little bit nervous but it’s not a life or death situation, it is just something that I personally want to accomplish and I think I can do so I am going go out there and do what I have to do,” the 100m and 200m world record holder said.

“One of my biggest dreams is to sign for Manchester United. If Dortmund says I’m good enough, I’ll crack on and train hard,” said the eight-time Olympic gold medalist in an interview earlier this year.

“I’ve spoken to Alex Ferguson and I told him he needs to put in a good word. He told me if I get fit and ready, he will see what he can do.”


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