Usain Bolt, aka the fastest man of all time, has jetted over to Australia to chase his another sporting dream - to become a professional football player.
"This is real, I've said it since my last season of track and field I want to play football, I know what I'm capable of, I know what I can do, so I'm thankful to the Mariners for giving me this opportunity to show what I'm capable of", Bolt told reporters.
Bolt, who is the world 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19) world record holder, previously trained teams in Germany, Norway and South Africa.
Despite being an eight-time Olympic champion and the fastest man on earth, he admitted to being nervous about what lay ahead in the small town of Gosford, 75 km north of Sydney, where the club is based. I'm going to push myself.
Despite Bolt's thin soccer pedigree, he has been welcomed with open arms by the Mariners, who have carved a huge lightning bolt on the turf of their home Central Coast stadium.
"I know what I'm capable of and I know what I can do, so this is the opportunity."
Mark Leadbetter, chairman of the Mariners' supporters club, made the one-hour drive to Sydney to greet Bolt and determine for himself if he thought the sprinting great's A-League bid is genuine.
"I was certainly interested when I first heard the news", he said.
"I've said all along this is for real and I'm here to show what I can do".
Although Bolt may do some light running over the next couple of days, Tuesday will be his first official training session, coinciding with his 32nd birthday.
Bolt is expected to live and train on the Central Coast with the club's CEO Shaun Mielekamp revealing earlier in the month just how long he might be given to get up to scratch.