12th October 2018 – Usain Bolt scored two goals on his first start for the Central Coast Mariners as they got a dominant 4-0 win against Macarthur South West United in Campbeltown, Sydney. After seven weeks training with the club Usain is happy with his progress and when given the opportunity to start the game Usain took advantage to create headlines all over the world and prove to his doubters that ‘Anything is Possible’. Speaking to reporters after the game he said –
“I’ve been working, trying to get fit to the level that I can play for 45 minutes,” Bolt said. “To me, I played well and happy with the progress I’m making. I was telling myself if I got the guy off my shoulders, set up myself and hit the target, that was the key thing.
“The coach told me you will get chances, don’t get frustrated if you miss it’s a part of the game, you got to continue pushing till you get those chances. I need more games to get better and to know where to be. The coach will play me in different places, because of my speed, other strikers.
“We will sit down with the club, discuss and see if we want to move forward and what I need to do and how to do that. For me I’m taking this a step at a time and I want to push myself to see how far I can go. We have to sit down after this game, the season will come up, figure out what were got to do but until that I’m here to train.
“I don’t have a lot of experience on the field, you got to be ready for anything to come and it will come with experience. With more time we will get better (McCormack) you play with the players the more you know what they want. Four months is the time frame that I should understand the players, how they play, what they want from me, what I need to do, where I need to be and how I should push myself.
“All I can do is do what I wanted to do, prove myself. They’ve seen what I’m capable of, how I am training, they need to analyses and determine if I’m good enough for the club. Overall, I should work on everything, my positioning is much better, I’m running in space much better. Controlling the ball and vision is my poorest areas even though they’ve improved a lot while I’ve been here they could improve a lot more. I know what I need to do to get better, it’s all about if I get time, play with the guys at training. You can train all you want but it’s all about playing time, it’s a lot like track and field.
“It was brilliant. It took a lot of weight off my shoulders. That first goal to relax you because I missed an earlier chance. It was a great feeling I was happy about it,” Bolt said.