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Usain Bolt comes off bench to make debut for Central Coast Mariners - in pictures

Jamaican Olympic superstar made a 20-minute appearance in a pre-season friendly for the A-League side

Usain Bolt made his highly-anticipated football debut for the Central Coast Mariners on Friday, participating for about 20 minutes against an amateur local team in front of a crowd of around 10,000 people.

The eight-time Olympic gold medalist is trying to become a professional footballer and has been given a trial with the A-League club based in Gosford, north of Sydney.


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The crowd for Friday's exhibition game was about four times bigger than the average home attendance the Mariners attracted last season.

Bolt started on the left wing and had a clumsy first touch, but settled in and found himself in scoring positions a couple of times before having a stoppage-time shot blocked.

Check out the best pictures from Bolt's football debut in the gallery above. To move on to the next image, click on the arrows, or if using a mobile device, simply swipe.

Updated: September 1, 2018 11:24 AM