Bolt makes debut for Mariners

Author: Daily Mail
Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt in action for the Mariners

Usain Bolt was given a hero's introduction as he came off the bench to kick-start his football career with Central Coast Mariners in a pre-season friendly at Gosford on Friday, but later conceded that he will need more time to get up to speed.

The 32-year-old Jamaican, who is hoping to win a professional contract ahead of the Mariners' 2018-19 A-League campaign, was greeted by a crowd of nearly 10,000 as he stepped onto the pitch at the team's base north of Sydney in the 72nd minute against an amateur Select side.

With the Mariners already leading 6-0, a relaxed Bolt pulled off a few step overs on the left wing and was inches away from connecting with a close-range tap-in. 

There were a few heavy touches and the occasional loss of possession in the final few minutes, which showed Bolt still has plenty of work to do.

After the Mariners sealed a 6-1 victory, Bolt acknowledged that he will need at least four months to build up his fitness levels and perform at his peak on the football pitch.

'Probably four or five months... to get fit two months. Four months (from now) I'll be playing like one of the guys,' Bolt told Fox Sports.

'It was good, it was what I expected. I was a bit nervous, but as soon as I got on the field it went away.