Former Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who recently joined A-League club Central Coast Mariners to pursue his dream of playing football, has said that his touch in the game is getting better and he feels like he is steadily improving in football.
The 31-year-old, who is currently attempting to earn a contract with the Mariners, further stated that he is aiming to play as much as he could to hone his skills.
“I feel like I’m improving. My touch is getting better, I’ve got a while to go but with more training and more dedication to my craft I will be fine,” agencies quoted Bolt, as saying.
“Getting more minutes in games is the aim. I think that’s the aim for any football player, you want to play as much as you can,” he added.
Bolt had made his debut for the Mariners last month and had appeared again for the club on Tuesday during a friendly match against North Shore Mariners.
Reflecting on his game, Mariners coach Mike Mulvey said that Bolt is showing progress and they are ready to give him twelve more months as he needs time.
“Usain is progressing and that’s the main thing. From the outset, we said he needed time, we said we would give him 12 months if need be,” Mulvey said.
Earlier, Bolt had also joined German football club Borussia Dortmund in his build-up to give football a serious try.
The eight-time Olympic Gold winner, who holds the world record for 100m (9.58 seconds), 200m (19.19 seconds) and 4x100m relay (36.84 seconds) events, besides having 11 World Championship titles to his name, retired from athletics following the 2017 World Championships.