Usain Bolt 'star power' amazing for A-League, Australian football - Matildas' Sam Kerr
Matildas' star Samantha Kerr said the "star power" Usain Bolt has brought to Australia during his trial with Central Coast Mariners has been amazing.
Sprint-king Bolt, 32, scored twice in Friday's winning trial against a select Macarthur South West United team, instantly raising hope of turning his trial into a full-time contract.
And Kerr acknowledged afterward that Bolt had brought unprecedented attention to the A-League and football in Australia.
"I've seen the Central Coast badge all over the world over the last few days, and that was never going to happen [without him]," Kerr said. "He brings star power. He's amazing to watch.
"He's an amazing athlete, so hopefully he can make it. It'd be so good for the rest of the world to be talking about the A-League and Australian football."
Kerr and Japanese star Keisuke Honda will headline the respective W-League and A-League launches for Nike in Sydney on Monday, and the Matildas' forward said if it weren't for sponsor obligations, she'd be sporting a Bolt jersey herself.
"If I wasn't a Nike athlete, I definitely would be rocking a Central Coast jersey with [number] 95 on it," Kerr told AAP.
"I'm not going to lie: I turned on the Central Coast game the other day just to watch him. So if it's appealing to people like me, I'm sure it is to other people."
Mariners star signing Tommy Oar said the playing group had been left stunned by Bolt's determination to make the switch a reality.
And he predicts the Australian public would make the extra money likely needed to sign him worth it.
"When it comes to performing on the big stage -- that was his first professional game the other day -- he bagged a brace," Oar said.
"It shows that he's able to step up on under the pressure. And if he keeps improving at his current rate, I can't see why he can't be an asset for us.
"Obviously commercially, he adds huge benefits. But I think people are forget how much of a phenomenal athlete he is and how quickly he can develop new skills."