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Usain Bolt has a 'good chance' for Central Coast Mariners deal - Mark Schwarzer

The Mariners coach Mike Mulvey is not concentrating on Usain Bolt ahead of their A-League opener on Sunday.
Players from across the league share their thoughts on Usain Bolt's pursuit of a contract with the Central Coast Mariners.
Usain Bolt reviews his two-goal performance in a friendly win for Central Coast Mariners and his progress during his trial.
Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt admits to nervous excitement ahead of his first start for the Central Coast Mariners in the Australian League.

Usain Bolt has a "good chance" of being signed on a permanent deal by the Central Coast Mariners and the Jamaican's lack of experience could be his key to earning a professional contract, former Australia international Mark Schwarzer has told ESPN.

Bolt's much-publicised efforts to earn a professional football contract are in a state of limbo as the opening weekend of A-League action gets under way, with the Mariners yet to make a decision on his future following his trial.

But a deal in Australia...

Adelaide United coach backs new signing Ken Ilso to solve goal shortage

Players from across the league share their thoughts on Usain Bolt's pursuit of a contract with the Central Coast Mariners.

Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz has said he expects star signing Ken Ilso to help fix the club's lack of goals.

But Kurz added that he felt the 31-year-old Danish attacker had spent too long playing in Malaysia before moving to Adelaide.

Ilso played in Singapore in 2015-16 before spending the past two years in Malaysia.

"He played too long in Malaysia -- in Malaysia he can play with 60 percent," Kurz told reporters on Thursday.

"The players here, the intensity is higher, it's true."

Ilso will make...

Sydney FC wants to hit Adelaide United with early psychological blow - Alex Brosque

Siem de Jong says he will make a decision on his future towards the end of his loan spell with Sydney.

Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque wants his side to strike a psychological blow on FFA Cup Final adversary Adelaide United by inflicting a home loss on the Reds in Friday's A-League season opener.

The two clubs will meet at the same Coopers Stadium venue on Oct. 30, when Sydney will endeavour to become the first club to go back-to-back in the FFA Cup.

"Definitely this is is a big game on many fronts," Brosque said.

"This is round one, you want to start the season off well, you want to get the three...

Keisuke Honda set for A-League derby debut with Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory signing Keisuke Honda is excited for the challenge of Australia's physically demanding brand of football.

Superstar import Keisuke Honda is both supremely ready for Saturday's Melbourne derby and unprepared for the occasion. Honda's first taste of the A-League will come in one of the biggest dates in Melbourne Victory's calendar, a home clash against Melbourne City with a crowd of at least 40,000 expected at Marvel Stadium.

The seasoned international is delighted to be just days away from game time after the longest preseason of his career, confident a return to playing since his World Cup exertions...