Bolt scores brace on first Mariners start

Usain Bolt scored twice on his first start for Central Coast Mariners, as he continued his bid to earn a professional contract.

The eight-time Olympic champion sprinter played 70 minutes of the Gosford club's hit-out against Macarthur South West at Campbelltown Stadium.

He got his first goal on 57 minutes, latching onto a through ball from Scotland international Ross McCormack and firing powerfully past the keeper.

His second came 11 minutes later when he tapped home after a mix-up between defender and goalkeeper.

Boult had gone close with a header in the first half, and had another shot blocked.

The 32-year-old had only previously made one substitute appearance for the Mariners, and said he was thrilled to get on the scoresheet.

"It was brilliant, it takes all the weight off your shoulders, that first goal to relax you," said Bolt.

"I'm here to prove to the world that, as I said, I can be a footballer, and I can push myself and see how far I can go.

"So I'm just excited to take it step by step, and move forward. I'll always give time to the Mariners for giving me the opportunity to prove myself to the world."

Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp said Bolt's display wouldn't dictate whether or not he would be given a contract.

The club will continue to treat him like they would any other triallist, he added, and sporting director Mike Phelan would be speaking to him when he arrived back in the country.

"He's been training hard with us and tonight he showed weaknesses but he also showed his strengths and got two goals, so all credit to him," said Mielekamp."

The Mariners are 13/5 to win their first game of the league season against Brisbane Roar, who are 10/11 with the draw 14/5.

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