Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack in talks to join Usain Bolt at Central Coast Mariners
Forgotten man Ross McCormack is being offered a route out of Villa - and may soon have sprint king Usain Bolt as a team-mate.
Australian club Central Coast Mariners are in talks over a deal which would see the 32-year-old outcast join them on loan ahead of the new A-League season.
The Mariners made headlines this year when they acquired nine-time Olympic champion Bolt on an indefinite trial period.
McCormack could soon be joining him Down Under if a deal can be agreed with Villa.
The former Scotland international has long been deemed surplus to requirements following a high-profile bust-up with boss Steve Bruce and currently trains alone at Bodymoor Heath.
McCormack, who earns in the region of £45,000-a-week, joined Villa in a £12million move from Fulham in August 2006.
But he has not made a first-team appearance since coming off the bench in a third round Carabao Cup defeat to Middlesbrough last September.
He spent a portion of last season on loan in the A-League with Melbourne City, scoring 14 goals in 16 games.