Bolt has football trial extended: "I feel like I'm improving"
You don't win eight Olympic gold medals by giving up easily.
Usain Bolt has a dream to make it as a pro footballer and feels like he's making strides.
I feel like I'm improving. My touch is getting better, I've got a while to go but with more training and more dedication to my craft I will be fine.
That's what the Jamaican giant said via the club's official website, and he's hopeful of being picked in the starting 11 when Central Coast face Macarthur South West United on October 12 in another pre-season game.
"I'm definitely excited and if I get to start it will be a big thing for me"
"It would show that the work that I've been putting in is really paying off and the coach has confidence in me – so that would be a big step for me."
Bolt made his debut for the Mariners last month and the sprint superstar appeared again on Tuesday – playing 45 minutes in a closed-door friendly against North Shore Mariners.
He's been deployed as a left-side attacking midfielder and also as a striker, but ex-Spain coach and World Cup winner Vicente Del Bosque told the Olympic Channel that he would play him as an attacking wing-back.
The 32-year-old's quest for a foothold in football has already passed through Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, the Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa and Norway's Stromsgodset.
He's kept the dream alive in Gosford, New South Wales on Australia's Central Coast and has earned an extension of his trial period until January.
Mariners' coach Mike Mulvey agreed that Bolt is making progress, and is happy to give him more time to prove himself on the pitch.
“In the initial dispatches talked about he needed time, I said at the time we will give him 12 months if need be,” Mulvey said.
“But I think a reasonable assumption would be around about Christmas time, January, we should be really judging on whether he’s really improved or not improved. He’s slowly getting there.”
Bolt is confident that he'll make the squad based on the evolution of his game so far:
"I feel like I'm improving. My touch is getting better, I've got a while to go but with more training and more dedication to my craft I will be fine.
"Getting more minutes in games is the aim. I think that's the aim for any football player, you want to play as much as you can. For me, I am really looking forward to October 12th and like always, going out there and doing my best. Hopefully my best is good enough.
For me to score, it would be a big thing.
"For me to score, it would be a big thing. The Central Coast Mariners took a chance on me and the best way that I can pay them back is to score goals. If I could score a goal for this club, that would mean I am heading in the right direction and showing the club that their chance in me is paying off.
"It would take a lot of pressure off me, as an attacker it's something that would be good but for me I am just going to work, push myself and hope everything comes together when it matters."
Clearly, Bolt isn't going to give up easily.