Usain Bolt trial: Sprint king plays first minutes for Central Coast Mariners

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt made his professional debut for A-League side Central Coast Mariners on Friday, coming on in the 70th minute against an amateur team in Gosford, north of Sydney.

The sprinting great enjoyed a lively outing in the second half of the A-League side's 6-1 victory over a Central Coast Select XI.

Bolt's attempt to transform himself from global athletics superstar to professional football player has generated huge publicity for the struggling Mariners, who finished bottom of the 10-team A-league last season.

He was named on the team sheet among the substitutes with the letter "T" for triallist next to his name.

According to FOX Sports, Bolt, wearing the number 95 shirt, played for 19 minutes, had 7 possessions, 1 shot, and completed 2/5 passes completed.

Bolt played to the left of the Mariners' attack and caused some nervy moments for the visiting defence at Central Coast Stadium, with one run and shot forcing the goalkeeper into a decent save.

A crowd of 9,958 - around 2,500 higher than the Mariners' average home attendance last season - turned out for Bolt's bit-part role on his Mariners debut. "I wish I had more touches, but I'm not fit yet, but I've just got to put in the work and get up to speed".

"It was good; it was what I expected".

Sprint king Usain Bolt said he is not talented like Lionel Messi as he channels Cristiano Ronaldo for inspiration following his first appearance for Central Coast Mariners.

Bolt has regularly said his ambition is real.

Before the game Bolt admitted he was not match fit and pouring with sweat he exhausted quickly before a late flurry, narrowly failing to get on the end of a low cross after a sprint into the box, and then having a shot blocked.

As for Bolt, Mulvey said it was impossible to assess the Jamaican's talents until he is fully fit. The crowd gave me a big ovation which I really appreciated. "I'll be getting a lot more time on the ball, and I personally feel I will get a contract by then". He should also have more confidence to go and get the ball.

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