Bolt Watch: Jamaican plays 45 minutes in behind-closed-doors friendly

Usain Bolt has made another stride forward in his footballing journey, completing 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly against North Shore Mariners.

It's the second match the 32-year-old has featured for Mike Mulvey's side since beginning his indefinite trial with the Mariners in August.

Bolt previously played 20 minutes as second half substitute in the Mariners' clash with a Central Coast select side on August 30.

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Heskey: Bolt can be a boon for Hyundai A-League

Away from the pitch, former Hyundai A-League hitman Emile Heskey believes Usain Bolt will be a hit for Australian football if successful in his bid to earn a contract at the Mariners.

He might have played for F3 Derby rivals Newcastle Jets but ex-England international Heskey is hoping Bolt flourishes at the Mariners.

The one-time marquee striker commended the 'phenomenal athlete' for trying his luck in football and expects a supportive environment Down Under.

"If he feels that he can play football and he's at a reasonable level, why not? It's a great opportunity for him to play in a good league as well," Heskey told the Daily Star.

"I enjoyed my time in Australia, great memories and great people down there and they love their football.

"So yeah, why not? I think for the profile it's great for the league.

"I'm guessing it'll be watched all over the place now he's down there because he brings so much of a fanbase to that footballing country."

Heskey played 42 times in the Hyundai A-League, notching 10 goals.

Emile Heskey

Traore challenges Bolt in speed test

Often considered as perhaps the fastest footballer on the planet, Wolves flyer Adama Traore now thinks he can outrace the legendary Bolt – on the pitch, that is.

The 22-year-old former Barcelona man's credentials were stamped when he was unveiled as the quickest player on FIFA 19.

"It is nice to be known on FIFA 19 as the fastest player in the world," Traore said in quotes reported by The Sun.

"But Usain Bolt has started playing for Central Coast Mariners so I might have a rival next season.

"Just remember, Usain didn't have to dribble a ball while he was winning his gold medals!

"Clearly Bolt would beat me over 100 metres on the track. But on grass, over 30 metres with a ball at my feet? I'm winning that race every time!"

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