Perth Glory striker makes brutal assessment of Usain Bolt

Matthew Briggs

Perth Glory striker Andy Keogh says Usain Bolt is “not going to make it” as a footballer, because he has a first touch “like a trampoline”.

The former Republic of Ireland frontman, now 32, is enjoying his second spell at the A-League club and he has criticised former Olympic sprinter Bolt’s intentions.

The Jamaican has always claimed he has been chasing his dream to play football professionally, but Keogh says Bolt has “contradicted” himself after his salary demands were made public.

“He said he is chasing a dream to be a professional footballer but he has come out with quotes that he wants X amount, but if you are chasing the dream, it’s not about the money, but the dream and he has contradicted himself massively,” said Keogh.

Bolt, who is currently turning out for the Central Coast Mariners on a trial deal, recently scored his first two goals in a friendly, leading to claims that the Mariners are set to sign him permanently, but when asked what his first touch was like Keogh said: “From what I’ve seen it’s like a trampoline.

“It’s nice to have the attention on the A League but him playing in the A League, that’s not for me,” he told Off The Ball .

“He’s 31. For me, he’s not going to be able to make it [as a footballer].

“He’s shown a bit [of potential] but it’s a little bit of a kick in the teeth to the professionals that are in the league.

“It’s fine from a marketing point of view but from a football perspective, it’s a little bit farcical.”