‘Will we start him? Probably a good chance': Bolt in line for Mariners start on Friday
Central Coast Mariners boss Mike Mulvey has revealed Usain Bolt is a ‘good chance’ to start this Friday’s friendly match against Macarthur South West United.
The Jamaican trialist arrived in Australia in August to pursue his professional footballing dream, and was handed a late cameo in the Mariners’ friendly against a Central Coast Select side later that month.
But with the 32-year-old potentially set for a maiden starting berth on Friday, it will be Bolt’s biggest opportunity yet to push his claim for a Hyundai A-League contract.
“I think from a fitness perspective you could probably start him. Whether we do or not… probably a good chance,” Mulvey said.
“But we’ll weight it up as the week goes.
“He came on for 15-20 mins last time and he’ll play longer this time because his level of fitness has improved.
“It’s ok having a level of fitness – you need to then get the football fitness, which is very difficult.
“We’re quietly pleased with the way he’s improved.”
Tickets have already gone on sale for the game but if you can’t get to the ground you can see the eight-time Olympic gold medallist in action live on Fox Sports channel 503.
For full details, head to the Central Coast Mariners website.