Thunder-Bolt strikes twice for Mariners


Bolt, who has also had training sessions with Borussia Dortmund, Mamelodi Sundowns and Stromsgodset, was given his first start for Central Coast Mariners for the friendly against Macarthur South West United on Friday.

After a relatively quiet first half, Bolt came alive in the 57th minute when he showed his pace and strength to outmuscle a defender and buried a left foot strike past Eze Consoni.

While he's unlikely to be playing in any major European league anytime soon, he has been given a chance by the Central Coast Mariners down in Australia.

He converted with a neat left-footed finish and a tap-in during the second half after goals from Ross McCormack and Jordan Murray had put the visitors in control in Sydney. I try to get better and I am on the way to doing that.

Despite his accolades, he's always insisted that he'd like to get involved in football and has even talked about trials with clubs such as Manchester United.

The eight-time Olympic champion, who retired from athletics in 2017, arrived at the Mariners in August in a bid to ignite his football career.

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Here's hoping Bolt continues to impress and earns himself a contract with Mariners.

"This will determine. (what) the club want to do with my career, so it's a very important game", Bolt said on Wednesday.

The Jamaican then capitalised on a defensive mix-up to score his second just after the hour mark before being substituted with the score at 4-0.

Rather than leave him on to net a hat-trick, Bolt was taken off shortly after and told TV he was thrilled to show the world the improvements he had made.

I think my touch is that little bit better; my vision needs to improve a little bit more. He just looks a little bit sharper, not a great deal to be honest.