Usain Bolt scored two goals in his first professional soccer start

Dean Simpson
October 13, 2018

Bolt's value to last season's bottom side is in his off-field appeal and with A-League starting in just seven days' time, the Central Coast Mariners will need to calculate just how much that outweighs his performance on the pitch.

He set up one of the World's Fastest Man two goals in the 4-0 win against Macarthur South West.

"I try to improve myself and get better and I'm on the way to doing that".

Bolt missed some chances to score in the first half of the game, before he scored his first goal in the second half.

"He fits in very well and he has made enormous improvements".

"The [Mariners] coach has explained to me that there won't be any special treatment", Bolt said as his Mariners trial began in August.

The 100m and 200m world record holder has previously trained with Borussia Dortmund, South African club Sundowns and Norway's Stromsgodset.

Usain Bolt doesn't consider himself a footballer yet and doubts remain over his ability to earn an A-League contract with Central Coast, despite bagging his first brace.

For his opening goal Bolt ran on to a chipped ball played by Scotland striker Ross McCormack, held off the defender and finished powerfully low past the goalkeeper. "I think it will determine if the club makes up its mind on what to do with my career so for me it's a very important game", Bolt told Mariners Media.

"He looked pretty exhausted after 15-20 minutes".

A glorious opportunity came and went for Bolt just before the interval as he headed wide from Oar's searching cross, with Murray showing him how it should be done soon after.

Usain Bolt wants to be a footballer more than anything in the world. "Until then, I'm still just normal Usain".

While Mielekamp stressed that the primary focus was getting the main team to Brisbane for the opening match of the season next weekend, he said he was taking time to enjoy the attention Bolt has focused on his club.

"At the start where he seemed to be at his brightest, the touch was poor", former Manchester United keeper Mark Bosnich said.

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