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It’s official — sprint king Usain Bolt is joining the Mariners in the A-League

Staff writers, August 8, 2018 7:09AM News Corp Australia Network

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Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, has confirmed he will train with A-League side the Central Coast Mariners. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraUsain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, has confirmed he will train with A-League side the Central Coast Mariners. Picture: Getty Images

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SOCCER: The deal is done and the fastest man in the world — Usain Bolt — is joining the A-League.

Bolt has confirmed he will train with the Central Coast Mariners.

“I am very excited about coming to Australia and would like to thank the owner and management of the Central Coast Mariners for giving me this opportunity,” Bolt said.

“It has been my dream to play professional football and I know that it will involve a lot of hard work and training to get to the level required to play and make an impact* in the A-League.”

But in a twist, Bolt will swap the previously agreed six-week trial for an indefinite* training stint to allow the Jamaican sprint king more time to develop his skills. The Mariners have agreed to keep the eight-time Olympic gold medallist and 100m and 200m world record-holder on board for as long as it takes to prove he’s worthy* of a playing contract, whether that is at the start of the season or some months into it.

Bolt is due to arrive on August 18 and is then set to start training with the Mariners on August 21.

Billy Slater is expected to announce his retirement from NRL today. media_cameraBilly Slater is expected to announce his retirement from NRL today.

NRL: Melbourne Storm star Billy Slater will retire at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old’s decision ends months of talk about the premiership-winner’s future.

Slater, who could make the announcement as early as today, has won four grand finals in a decorated* 313-game career spanning 16 seasons.

The current Dally M Fullback of the Year and Clive Churchill Medallist remains at the top of his game, having collected a second Wally Lewis Medal, awarded to the best player of the State of Origin series, just last month.

His representative career included 31 Origins and 30 Tests.

West Coast Eagles midfielder Andrew Gaff last night at the tribunal hearing. media_cameraWest Coast Eagles midfielder Andrew Gaff last night at the tribunal hearing.

AFL: Eagles star Andrew Gaff has been handed a huge eight-week season-ending ban for the punch that broke the jaw of young Docker Andrew Brayshaw.

A clearly upset Gaff – who pleaded guilty to the intentional*, severe and high strike — maintained that he had intended to strike Brayshaw in the chest.

“I just want to say I’m so, so sorry to Andrew and the Brayshaw family for the pain I’ve caused them over the last 48 hours,” he said.

Gaff has played 175 games for West Coast and before this week had never been reported or fined for any incident.

GLOSSARY

impact: action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another

indefinite: lasting for an unknown or unspoken length of time

worthy: showing the qualities that deserve a specified action

decorated: full of awards

intentional: on purpose

QUICK QUIZ

1. How long can Usain Bolt train with the Mariners for before they offer him a playing contract?

2. If Billy Slater retires today, how many seasons will he have played NRL for?

3. How many weeks’ suspension did Andrew Gaff receive?

VCOP ACTIVITY

After reading the article, with a partner, highlight as many wow words or ambitious pieces of vocabulary that you can find in yellow. Discuss the meanings of these words and see if you can use them orally in another sentence.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think Usain Bolt will be good enough to advance past training to play an A-League match with the Mariners? Why or why not?
No one-word answers. Explain your thinking in full sentences.

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