Usain Bolt was wary of calling himself a professional footballer following a two-goal performance in his maiden start for Central Coast Mariners, a 4-0 friendly win over Macarthur South West on Friday. "I'm happy I could come here and show the world I'm improving".
He won nine Olympic gold medals (one medal was vacated when his Jamaican relay team-mate failed a drugs test) and set multiple world records before his retirement from sprinting in 2017.
"They will treat me just like a footballer should be treated". "I need more games to get better and to know where to be". This is what I worked towards. I've tried to prove myself, I've tried to get better.
It was a world away from what we saw in Bolt's first trial game, but what exactly has he improved on?
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We've known that all year, and you hit a couple homers in the postseason, it doesn't matter what you do in the regular season". I think we'll really get after it and test it out again tomorrow and kind of make a decision on it.
Taking the ball to the left, the 32-year-old then sends a lightning bolt striker which leaves the goalkeeper stunned.
Usain Bolt may be known for his blazing track speed, but on Friday in Australia, the world-class sprinter was known more for his scoring ability on the soccer field.
His own manager Mulvey praised Bolt's attitude to the game, as well as the "invaluable" life advice he's been able to give to the squad, particularly younger players, who the coach says Bolt has spent hours with after training. I think scoring a goal in your first proper match, it's a big deal.
After being used as a winger in his first brief trial appearance in late August, Bolt hinted at a positional change for the match at Sydney's Campbelltown Stadium. So I'll get different service, better service, because they're more seasoned and more mature.
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. I'm learning a lot, I've picked up a lot of things.