Bolt ready for pro foot­ball test

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SYD­NEY – Olympic sprint cham­pion Usain Bolt is set to start up front for the Cen­tral Coast Mariners in a trial match to­mor­row and the Ja­maican said his fu­ture as a soc­cer player could be on the line.

The 32-year-old eight-time Olympic gold medal­list is try­ing to trans­form him­self from global ath­let­ics su­per­star to pro­fes­sional foot­ball player and hopes to win a con­tract for the Mariners ahead of the 2018-19 Aus­tralian top flight cam­paign.

His pre­vi­ous ap­pear­ance for the first team was against an am­a­teur select side on Au­gust 31 where he came on as a sub­sti­tute in the 72nd minute and ap­peared to lack match sharp­ness and the touch and skill re­quired for a pro­fes­sional.

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

“I have been im­prov­ing but you won’t know what level you’re at un­til you play a com­pet­i­tive game so I just have to go out there and see what I need to do or whether I should con­tinue or not.

“I’m just push­ing my­self and have put in the work so now I have to go out there and ex­e­cute.”

Bolt said that coach Mike Mul­vey had told him he was likely to start the game on Fri­day against Macarthur South West United at Camp­bell­town Sports Sta­dium and that he would be de­ployed in a more for­ward role than on his ini­tial ap­pear­ance.

“He said he wants me to play me up top,” Bolt said.

“He just told me to make sure that I’m fo­cused to push my­self and just take my chances when I get them.”

Bolt added that he had been play­ing a se­ries of prac­tice games with other play­ers hop­ing to make the first team squad and he felt that his fit­ness and skills had im­proved. “My move­ment and my touch is much bet­ter now. How to set my body, where to place the ball,” Bolt said.

THE Univer­sity of the West Indies (UWI) Black­birds turned the ta­bles on Guardian Group Kick Start Gen­e­sis with a hard-fought 2-0 vic­tory on Tues­day night in the

(Reuters.)

USAIN BOLT: trial game to­mor­row to de­cide whether or not he be­comes a pro­fes­sional foot­baller.

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