‘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.

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“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.”

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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.