Jeremy Brockie reveals what Usain Bolt is like on the football pitch

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"A bit like my sprinting to be honest."

New Zealand international Jeremy Brockie briefly shared the same pitch as aspiring footballer Usain Bolt in South Africa earlier this year and was left less than impressed.

Bolt, who retired from athletics last year with eight Olympic gold medals to his name, has been chasing a football career with A-League side Central Coast Mariners set to offer him a trial.

Having himself played in the A-League for many seasons, Brockie crossed paths with Bolt in South Africa when his club side Mamelodi Sundowns used their links with Puma to lure the sprint king down for a training session. 

"He was in South Africa doing promotional stuff and some athletic stuff with some younger kids and because of the Puma relationship the club brought him along and got all the media along when he joined in for a training session for about an hour," Brockie told Goal.

"He had a bit of a run around with us, it was surreal.

"Obviously being so close to the world’s fastest man and watching him race in all those events over the years and to share a football pitch with him was quite a surprise."

The Jamaican has trained with Borussia Dortmund and Norwegian side Stromsgodset most recently as he looks to bring his football ability up to pace.

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Brockie for one believes Bolt still has a long way to go based on what he saw.

"Probably a little bit like my sprinting to be honest... not too flash," he said of Bolt's ability with the ball. 

"He did make a couple of excuses and say he hasn’t done anything since his last competitive event. Said he needed to go back to Jamaica and get fitness up but still wanted to be a professional footballer. I believe he’s still got a long way to go. 

"Having that drive and that dream or want to become a professional footballer is completely different to actually being one."

Sundowns teased they were on the verge of signing Bolt during his brief time with the club, but it ultimately proved to be a smart PR exercise.

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Something the A-League and the Mariners may well be looking to replicate.

"Reading it from afar it sounds like there’s genuine interest in him," Brockie said.

"If that’s not the case, it’s definitely got the A-League being talked about around the world and a lot of publicity." 

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