Big fan: Kerr hoping Usain Bolt makes the grade

Usain Bolt isn't sponsored by Nike, but he's got Sam Kerr's tick of approval.

The first woman to claim marquee status in Australia is optimistic the Jamaican sprint king can make the cut and have "the rest of the world talking about the A-League" after his brace on Friday.

Kerr and Japanese star Keisuke Honda will headline the respective W-League and A-League launches in Sydney on Monday.

Approval: Sam Kerr says she has been excited by Usain Bolt's A-League foray.

Approval: Sam Kerr says she has been excited by Usain Bolt’s A-League foray.Credit:AAP

Missing will be the league's most famous trialist in Bolt, who has captured the imagination of the world with his audacious code switch with Central Coast.

"If I wasn't a Nike athlete, I definitely would be rocking a Central Coast jersey with (number) 95 on it," Kerr said.

"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."

Bolt declared Friday's trial against a select Macarthur South West United team could make or break his professional football career.

And the 32-year-old delivered with a two-goal performance, instantly raising hope of turning his trial into a full-time contract.

But while the A-League has recognised its need for more marquee players, it is believed Bolt wouldn't come close to meeting the criteria.

Instead, A-League officials could assist the Mariners by way of a marketing arrangement, as well as enabling third party sponsorships.

Kerr, who would have been a glaring absentee this coming season if it wasn't for marquee funding, conceded Bolt had brought unprecedented attention to the league.

"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.

Supporter: Sam Kerr, in action for the Matildas, wants Bolt to make the cut.

Supporter: Sam Kerr, in action for the Matildas, wants Bolt to make the cut.Credit:AAP

"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."

The Mariners' star signing Tommy Oar said the playing group had been left stunned by Bolt's determination to make the switch a reality.

"When it comes to performing on the big stage – that was his first professional game the other day (and) he bagged a brace," Oar said.

"It shows that he's able to step up 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 forgetting how much of a phenomenal athlete he is and how quickly he can develop new skills."


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