The president of Jamaica's football association has suggested Usain Bolt could earn a call-up to the national team.
Bolt is currently looking to sign a professional contract after a trial spell at Australian side Central Coast Mariners.
He's already rejected the chance to join Maltese capital club Valletta and has been offered a deal by the Mariners.
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Jamaican FC president Michael Ricketts has admitted, though, that he's disappointed Bolt doesn't seem to plan on signing for a club in his home country, suggesting that playing domestically would improve the former Olympic champion sprinter's chances of playing for his country.
"I am a little disappointed that Usain hasn't signed up with a Jamaican club," Ricketts told ESPN's Sean Nevin. "That would give us a chance to see a lot more of him.
"If he shows he's good enough to make the Jamaican team then he will be called up, but we are following his progress – we are watching him closely. The coach will make a decision but we would love to see him in a serious, real match situation.
"We are hopeful because Usain would certainly be a crowd puller. If he turns up in a Jamaican outfit then a lot of people would want to turn up and watch Usain Bolt play football."
Ricketts also said that despite the 32-year-old's lack of pro football experience, Bolt could be a successful player with Jamaica.
"Usain has a special attribute in his speed," he said. "If he can add a little bit of skill, some flair, he could supplement this Jamaican team. The players would certainly welcome someone like Usain. I have had informal discussions with some of them and they are excited at the prospect of playing with Usain.
"If he can make the transition from being a superstar on the track to being a good enough football player, then we will certainly call him up. We are presently in a competition, the Nations League. After the Nations League, we go into the Gold Cup. By then we will have had a chance to look at him and we'll be in a position to make a decision."
Bolt sparked greater interest in his signature earlier this month by scoring twice on his first start for the Mariners during his trial spell.
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