Jamaica sprint star Usain Bolt will make his first appearance for A-League club the Central Coast Mariners in a pre-season match against a Central Coast amateur selection on Friday.
The eight-time Olympic champion is on trial with the Mariners, hoping to win a professional contract to play in the A-League in the season beginning in October. He has been training on the left wing and expects to play about 15 to 20 minutes in that position during the match.
“There definitely will be nerves, it’s not like it’s a charity game anymore,” Bolt said. “I expect to make mistakes but I also expect to go out there, make myself proud and to push myself.
“I know I’m not going to have a perfect game.”
Bolt had his first full training session with the Mariners on Tuesday after taking time to ease into his new role during his first week with the club. He appeared at times to struggle with the pace and demands of training.