Usain Bolt’s dream of becoming a professional footballer came a little closer as he scored twice for Central Coast Mariners in his second trial game for the Australian club. Playing upfront, the world’s fastest man scored a brace as the Mariners comfortably beat Macarthur South West United 4-0.
The eight-time Olympic gold medallist has been on trial in Australia for several weeks, noticeably improving his fitness as he bids to win a professional contract in the A-League. After a 20-minute cameo in his first appearance, Bolt played from the start and whilst his overall game requires much improvement, his first goal showed promise as he out-muscled the defender before finishing with a low left-footed drive. His second was a tap-in after a defensive mix-up but the Jamaican was happy with his performance.
“Scoring a goal in your first proper match, the first start and scoring two goals, it was a good feeling. “Because this is what I’ve worked for. I’ve tried to prove myself — I’ve tried to get better. I think I’ve improved in every area.
“I think my touch is that little bit better; my vision needs to improve a little bit more. I think my running off the ball is where I’ve improved most.”
Sporting the number 95 in reference to his world-record 100m time, Bolt has been given an indefinite trial period in which to impress. The A-League season starts next weekend with Central Coast away to Brisbane Roar.