Usain Bolt scores first goals for Central Coast Mariners

May JohnsonOct 13, 2018

The eight-time Olympic gold medalist scored two goals Friday during the Central Coast Mariners' win over Macarthur South West United.

"I've improved in every area".

Bolt was replaced after 75 minutes, with Central Coast leading 4-0.

"I'm happy to show people that I'm improving my game and I want to be a Mariner and join the team".

Bolt retired from the athletics track following the 2017 world championships in London, where he pulled up with a hamstring injury.

"I'm just pushing myself and have put in the work so now I have to go out there and execute".

The debut, to be honest, didn't go well, and will be better remembered for Bolt missing a very good chance and having the touch of a man who is running around in square shoes.

Bolt gave his trademark celebration after scoring.

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And it would not be long before Bolt was at it again, netting a brace to really light up the Campbelltown Stadium, tucking home an open goal after a mix-up in defence. He's played two other preseason games, subbing in for just 20 minutes in the first match, and playing the second half of the next one.

Reflecting on his display after being substituted late on, Bolt told Fox Sports: "It was my first proper game with the first team. I've just got to continue learning and getting better".

He played the entire second half against the North Shore Mariners on September 19, when he alternated between left wing and forward.

After a much-publicized training stint with German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in March, Bolt signed for the Mariners for an "indefinite training period" in August.

Since then, Bolt said he has improved his fitness ready for the 90 minute game, rather than a sprint.

"That comes with the fact that I don't have a lot of experience on the field".

However, it should not be forgotten that the opposition in this match was not the same standard as Bolt will face should he secure a contract to play in the A-League.

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