Perth Glory striker Andy Keogh recently revealed by the addition of Usain Bolt in the A-League could be detrimental. Bolt has already had two stints at the Perth Glory in A-League and is currently in his second spell. Bolt has also been training at Central Coast Mariners in a bid to establish himself as a footballer.
“It’s nice to have the attention on the A League but him playing in the A League, that’s not for me. He’s 31. For me, he’s not going to be able to make it [as a footballer],” said Andy Keogh recently on the Keith Andrews Show.
“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.
“It’s fine from a marketing point of view but from a football perspective, it’s a little bit farcical.”
On what he has seen of Bolt so far in exhibition games, 32-year-old Keogh described the former multiple Olympic gold medalist’s first touch as “like a trampoline”.
And he added that, “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.”
Bolt, who is currently attempting to earn a contract with the Mariners is aiming to get plenty of playing time to hone his skills- there were several areas which indicated space for development in order to compete at the A-League official matches- his first touch in particular.
Earlier last month, Bolt said in an interview to Sport24 that he was progressing “I feel like I’m improving. My touch is getting better, I’ve got a while to go but with more training and more dedication to my craft I will be fine.”
“Getting more minutes in games is the aim. I think that’s the aim for any football player, you want to play as much as you can,” he added.