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  • Late bloomer Bolt finally hits his stride.

    Late bloomer Bolt finally hits his stride. | Photo: Reuters

Published 12 October 2018

Eight-time Gold medalist Usain Bolt makes instant impact for Australian league side Central Coast Mariners in his first start for the club.

Not since Leicester City's Jamie Vardy has a footballer come along and made such a big impact at an age where most players are winding down their careers.


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Step-up Usain Bolt, eight-time Olympic Gold medalist, who has joined Australian league side Central Coast Mariners in a bid to realize his dreams of being a professional footballer.

32 year-old Bolt scored two goals on his first start as his new team defeated MacArthur South West 3-0, including a spectacular left-foot striker from just inside the box after sprinting past a hapless defender and shrugging him off with apparent ease. 

Make no mistake about it, Bolt is simply on trial with the A-league team, and, aside from Friday night's performance, nothing prior to it had shown that the Jamaican 100-meter record holder was going to make it past a few trial games.

Indeed, despite a few tricks and flicks for the camera's during his previous trials with Manchester United and Borrusia Dortmund, his appearances were little more than a publicity stunt. 

His two goals for the Mariners, however - who also boast former Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack in their strike force - could just be a sign that Bolt can achieve his dream through hard work, perserverance, and a deadly left peg. 

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