WATCH: Bolt scores twice on first start for new club

Lifestyle By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 12/10/2018

Usain Bolt has marked his first start for A-League side Central Coast Mariners with two goals against Macarthur South West in a preseason friendly.

The 32-year-old eight-time Olympic sprint champion scored the Mariners' third and fourth goals in his side 4-0 win as a professional footballer but the Jamaican joined Austrailain on trial in August in a bid to win a contract and admitted the game would be key to his future.

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Bolt started up front alongside Aston Villa loanee striker Ross McCormack as the Mariners played Macarthur South West United in a friendly.

For his opening goal Bolt ran on to a chipped ball played by Scotland striker Ross McCormack, held off the defender and finished powerfully low past the goalkeeper in the 55 minutes of the encounter.

He capitalized on a defensive mix-up for his second in the match 11 minutes later after Macarthur defender and goalkeeper colliding to leave Bolt able to tap in from close range.

Bolt retired from athletics after the 2017 World Championships and has been eager to forge a new career in professional football and he has previously trained with Borussia Dortmund, South African club Sundowns and Norway's Stromsgodset.

The Australian A-League season begins on 19 October and the Mariners are yet to confirm whether Bolt will be offered a contract.