Usain Bolt says upcoming game will “determine” football future

Sprint legend Usain Bolt says his upcoming trial match for the Central Coast Mariners will “determine” his future in football after an indifferent spell with the Australian side.

Bolt, an eight-time Olympic gold medallist, has trained with several European clubs including Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund in the hope of forging a career in the sport.

The Jamaican will start up front against semi-professional side Macarthur South West United on Friday and he believes his performance will likely decide his future with the club.

“This will determine [what] the club want to do with my career, so it’s a very important game,” Bolt told reporters on Wednesday.

“I have been improving but you won’t know what level you’re at until you play a competitive game so I just have to go out there and see what I need to do or whether I should continue or not.

“I’m just pushing myself and have put in the work so now I have to go out there and execute.”

Bolt has made just one appearance for Central Coast so far, coming on as a substitute to play 18 minutes on the left wing against a local side in late August, but will instead play striker in his final opportunity to impress coach Mike Mulvey.

“He said he wants me to play me up top,” Bolt said. “He just told me to make sure that I’m focused to push myself and just take my chances when I get them.”

“My movement and my touch is much better now. How to set my body, where to place the ball. There is a lot of things I have learned. I am much fitter now so I will have more time on the field and that’s good.”

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