Is Usain Bolt the 'hero' Australia's A League needs?

The Jamaican sprint king's signing would be a huge boost for the profile of the competition.

"We've got a club that's willing to allow him to trial and offer him the contract", Rallis told AAP.

The 100m and 200m world record-holder trained with Norwegian club Stromsgodset last month and Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund in March.

Fifa 98's Usain Bolt is seen during an exhibition football match between France's 1998 World Cup's French football national team and FIFA 98 composed with former global players, to mark the 20th anniversary of France's 1998 World Cup victory, on June 12, 2018 at the U Arena in Nanterre, near Paris.

The eight-time Olympic gold medallist is now negotiating with the New South Wales club to take part in a six-week trial that could potentially see him signed for a full season, Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp said.

A season-long deal could follow if it goes well, he told commercial broadcaster Channel Seven.

Mr Mielekamp said the club was optimistic that the trial could be extended.

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"But fingers crossed things might play out, but the most important thing is we wait to find out and see how good a footballer he is first".

Australian football agent Tony Rallis said Monday a "deal between the Mariners and Usain Bolt in principle has been agreed, subject to a couple of benchmarks".

Speaking at a business function back in May, O'Rourke announced that the league are planning to double their marketing fund and relaunch the "multi-million dollar super marquee fund" that was previously used to lure big-named draws like Alessandro Del Piero, David Villa and Emile Heskey to play down under.

Though putting a good chance just wide, he looked a bit more confident on the ball but still struggled to make the most of his blistering speed.

Mielekamp told News Corp Bolt's previous trials showed the track star had potential.

"This is a very real football opportunity, this is not a stunt or gimmick - we want to know if Usain can play".

The Mariners have also just signed former Manchester United coach and assistant manager Mike Phelan as their sporting director, who tweeted his excitement about taking on the job.

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