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Bolt scored two goals on his first start for the Central Coast Mariners..

Usain Bolt has been given an update on his Central Coast Mariners future after latest trial

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Usain Bolt made a huge impression on his first start for the Central Coast Mariners.

His appearance in the club's final pre-season friendly was being considered a make-or-break match for the Jamaican, who is pushing for a career in football after retiring from athletics.

Bolt's previous performances for the A-League had divided football fans, but even those praising his displays had doubts over the Mariners offering him a professional contract.

However, the 32-year-old certainly rose to the occasion against Macarthur South West United, scoring two goals in the second-half of a comfortable victory.

His first was a sweet left-footed strike, albeit helped by some questionable goalkeeping, and his second saw some him score from a matter of inches after a defensive mix-up.

Bolt scores twice in Australia

Despite scoring, though, there were still questions about other aspects of his performance with Bolt only completing two passes during the game.

Nevertheless, goals win games and it leaves the Mariners with an important decision to make with their A-League opener against Brisbane Roar.

It begs the question: will the Australian club give him a professional contract?

Central Coast Mariners v Macarthur South West Utd

What happens next for Bolt

It's a massive call with the start of the season so close and reports from Australia are starting to give football fans an indication about Bolt's future in the beautiful game.

It seems that, despite his goalscoring this week, that Bolt still faces an uphill battle to sign with the Mariners.

FOX Sport report that 'doubts linger' over Bolt's future at the club and it might not be until January that the Olympic champion receives his decision.

That considered, it's speculated that the sprinter could spend time with the youth team as his colleagues get the league campaign underway.

Bolt has improved his fitness greatly in recent weeks, but his ball control and on-field vision has been a serious problem across his appearances so far.

So, it seems the 31-year-old has two months with the reserves to prove himself to the Mariners and it will take more than two goals in a friendly to secure him a contract.

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To be fair to Bolt, he's not getting ahead of himself and when asked if he considers himself a footballer, he said: “Until I sign (a contract), I’m not saying that.

“The season is coming up now, so we have to sit down after this game and figure out what we’re going to do but until then, I’m just here to train and to continue."

Bolt went onto say that he feels ready for A-League football if the teams needs him, but the early indications suggest he won't be required in 2018.

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