Usain Bolt would fail in the NPL, says FFA Cup hero

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Some critics believe the sprint king wouldn't be able to hack it in Australia's lower leagues

Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt would struggle in Australia's semi-professional competition NPL, according to Avondale FC striker Liam Boland.

The 32-year-old Jamaican is currently on a trial with A-League club Central Coast Mariners and looked off the pace during his debut for the Gosford-based club in a friendly last week.

Boland, who famously scored from 40 yards to knock the Mariners out of the FFA Cup while playing for Green Gully for 2016, believes Bolt's current ability wouldn't be good enough for NPL level, but did concede it was quality business for the NSW coast team.

"Just to be clear I don’t have anything against Usain Bolt, the Mariners never would’ve put 10,000 on seats in an intra-club friendly without him, but you could see from the debut that technically, he wasn’t there," Boland told FTBL.

"If an NPL player did what he did in those 20 minutes, he probably would have got the flick - I’ll be honest.

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"From a business standpoint - fair enough, but talent wise, I don’t think he’s anywhere near it.

"I’d like to see him get a go in the NPL first to see if he could handle that, and I don’t think he could to be honest."

Boland's Avondale team are preparing to host A-League premiers Sydney FC in the FFA Cup round-of-16 on September 19.

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