Ex-Republic of Ireland international Andy Keogh says Usain Bolt turning pro would be a huge kick in the teeth for footballers in Australia
Bolt will never make it as a footballer, according to former Premier League and current A-League striker Andy Keogh, who says the Olympic legend’s first touch is ‘like a trampoline’.
The greatest sprinter of all-time has been offered a contract by Australian side Central Coast Mariners following a trial period with the club.
The Australian FA has said it is working with the Mariners to help fund a deal for the 32-year-old Jamaican.
But Keogh, the former Wolves star now playing for Perth Glory in the A-League, is unconvinced by Bolt’s ability and says giving him a contract would be ‘facial’ and would make a mockery of the game.
“It’s nice to have the attention on the A-League but him playing in the A-League, that’s not for me,” Keogh told Off the Ball.
“For me, he’s not going to be able to make it (as a footballer).
“He’s shown a bit (of potential) but it’s a little bit of a kick in the teeth to the professionals that are in the league.”
Asked about the Jamaican’s first touch, he added: “From what I’ve seen, it’s like a trampoline, so I’m not too sure.
“If there’s someone who genuinely thinks he’d be a good football addition, I don’t think they should be in a position to make those calls.
“It’s fine from a marketing point of view but from a football perspective, it’s a little bit farcical.
“He says he’s chasing a dream of becoming a professional footballer yet he’s come out with quotes about he wants X amount (of money) when, if you’re chasing the dream, it’s not about the money and he’s obviously contradicted himself massively there.”
Bolt, who holds the 100m and 200m world records, retired from athletics last year.
The Mariners have said that “without the contribution of an external third party” it was unlikely that Bolt and the club would agree terms.
Bolt turned down a two-year deal with Maltese champions Valletta FC earlier this month.