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Usain Bolt On New Saints’ Radar?

Could the world’s fastest man be headed for the Cymru Premier League?

Olympic champion, Usain Bolt has made no secret of his desire to become a professional footballer.

Star athletes dreaming of a post retirement career change is nothing new, but rumours have it that Bolt could actually make the grade – his admirers include legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.

He even went so far as to have trials with A League side, Central Coast Mariners and Bundesliga giants, Borussia Dortmund. Despite some favourable feedback, no contract could be agreed with either club and in January of this year, Bolt appeared to have given up on his dream.

But Welsh champions, The New Saints, could prove to be the answer to Bolt’s prayers.

The January transfer window opens in less than a month’s time and Bolt and the Saints could well be a perfect match.

The Oswestry side have won the Cymru Premier League (recently rebranded from the Welsh Premier League) a record eight years in succession and are the league’s only full time club. Although they currently sit two points behind leaders, Connah’s Quay Nomads, few would seriously bet against them retaining the title. Even if they missed out on top spot, finishing outside the top three would be frankly unthinkable. So, the Saints can offer Bolt pretty much guaranteed European football next term. In short, a stage.

Although they aren’t a heavy hitter like the Dortmunds or the Manchester Uniteds that Bolt may have had his heart set on, they represent a pragmatic solution to his dilemma. Full time football, a real shot at glory, and a platform to show the world what he can do.

Were Bolt to sign, say, an eighteen month contract with The New Saints, that would give him the chance to set the league alight, realisitically get at least six European matches under his belt, and a clutch of medals to boot, before securing a transfer to a higher level.

The move would be great for TNS as well. Their owner, Mike Harris, is no stranger to innovation in pushing his club, and the league, forwards. Just the name, Usain Bolt, would draw supporters to their games if only to witness the novelty of an Olympic record breaker gracing the Welsh top flight. Bums on seats equals money in the bank. And if Bolt is as good as it’s rumoured he is, he could prove an invaluable asset on the pitch as well as off.

In short, Usain Bolt and TNS could be a match made in heaven.

The views expressed in this post are entirely my own.


Published by Liam Pritchard

I am a writer and a poet. I say that but, actually, I’m one of those annoying breed of people who pretentiously call themselves writers and/or poets but don’t actually do any writing and stay depressed at their lack of productivity. Far more accurate would be to say that I am an arrogant, ill informed and over opinionated sod with an under developed ability to sense when he’s not funny. But “writer and poet” sounds better and I’m sticking with it. A friend – clearly fed up with my moaning about never producing any body of writing – suggested that I start a blog. My first reaction was “what the **** am I going to write about that anyone will want to read?” Then it dawned on me that it is fairly certain no one will ever read a single word I say on here. But that’s fine. I’m used to talking to myself. In school, I used to spend hours imagining I was a dragon who ran his own restaurant. Or, while playing “mummies and daddies,” I once proclaimed myself Granddad, shipped myself off to war, was promptly shot and killed and lay there dead for the rest of play time (and the entirely of the subsequent three play times). Don’t get me wrong. I had friends. Or at least I don’t recall being conscious of not having friends. I just used to spend a lot of time in my own little world. Not a lot has changed really. So! If you’re a real life human being who has stumbled across my little blog: erm, sorry! You’re really not getting these wasted minutes of your life back. I can’t even offer you photos of grumpy cats to compensate you. Peace and love! xx

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