Nervous Bolt prepares for football debut

first_imgSuch is the buzz swirling around the match that it will be broadcast live on pay TV and 10,000 fans are expected to cram into the Central Coast Stadium for what is normally a low-key pre-season fixture.The club, which finished bottom of the domestic A-League last season, is planning fireworks and other entertainment to keep fans amused until Bolt makes his entrance.All eyes will be on the eight-time Olympic champion with a local paper planning to distribute 100,000 cardboard cut-out face masks of the 32-year-old for onlookers to wear.“I think that will be a bit weird, but not too weird,” Bolt, who favours playing left wing, joked of the masks. “I’ve seen a little bit of that in track and field. But it will be something new to play the first game and see that.”Bolt dominated sprinting after taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and he remains the world record holder for the 100 metres.He went on to win a further six Olympic golds and pick up 11 world titles before retiring last year and pursuing his passion for football.Bolt’s football dream is still a work in progress, with Bolt admitting this week to struggling with the constant stop-start of the sport, unlike his usual quick fire sprint on the athletics track © AFP / Saeed KHANDespite being used to running in front of 100,000 spectators and millions of TV viewers, the nerves are jangling as he enters a new phase in his career, having tried out with several other clubs around the world to no avail.“There will be nerves, definitely. It’s not like a charity game anymore, this is a career I’m pursuing,” said Bolt.“I expect to make mistakes, but I also expect to go in, make myself proud and push myself.”His football dream is still a work in progress, with Bolt admitting this week to struggling with the constant stop-start of the sport, unlike his usual quick fire sprint on the athletics track.“He doesn’t have football fitness, which is natural. We have not brought him in and said you have to do this and do that by this time,” said Mariners coach Mike Mulvey, who has given Bolt an indefinite time to prove himself.“For this Friday, it comes down to what the fitness coaches tell me with regards to how his body’s coping with the loading we’ve got at the moment.“But I would imagine he’s going to be playing some part on Friday.”– Spotlight –Mariners head of performance Andrew Young was blunt in his assessment: “As of right now, Usain’s not in the type of condition required to play A-League,” he told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.“We have to work on his aerobic capacity and he knows that.”The Mariners kick off their A-League season away to Brisbane Roar on October 21.All eyes will be on the eight-time Olympic champion with a local paper planning to distribute 100,000 cardboard cut-out face masks of the 32-year-old for onlookers to wear © AFP / Saeed KHANDespite Bolt being likely to spend most of Friday’s game on the bench, his presence at the club’s base in Gosford, 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of Sydney, has generated global excitement and Mulvey is lapping it up.“What the lads in the office are telling me, there could be 10,000-12,000 people here, that’s quite unbelievable for a pre-season game. But I welcome it because it puts us under a little bit of a spotlight,” he said.While Bolt is used to the trappings of fame and fortune, he is determined to be just “one of the boys” in his new life around the Gosford area, a popular weekend getaway from Sydney with magnificent national parks and sandy beaches.The bright lights of Sydney are not far away, but he has no plans to be out partying.“I do want to enjoy the city and the life but I’m still going to remember that I’m a professional footballer now so I have to respect the coach and what rules the Mariners put down,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Usain Bolt is likely to be handed a 10 or 15 minute run-out for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners in a friendly against an amateur side as he works towards his dream of earning a playing contract © AFP / Saeed KHANSYDNEY, Australia, Aug 30 – Usain Bolt is set to get a first taste of competitive football on Friday in a much-hyped game, but the sprint superstar admits he is nervous with his fitness levels not up to scratch.The Jamaican is likely to be handed a 10 or 15 minute run-out for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners in a friendly against an amateur side as he works towards his dream of earning a playing contract and becoming a professional footballer.last_img read more

‘Chelsea legend in the making’ – Fans rave as ‘incredible talent’ earns England call-up

first_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 2 Mount has been a fine performer in the Championship this season Most read on talkSPORT.com The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Mason Mount has been rewarded for his fine start to life at Derby by earning his first ever call-up to the England squad.Mount, the midfielder, joined the Rams on a season-long loan from Chelsea over the summer, and has so far netted five goals in just 14 games for Frank Lampard’s promotion chasers. REVEALED Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Thrilled about this. Sancho might be England’s future and Mount is a Chelsea legend in the making. Huge opportunity for them. https://t.co/l2FiI6MwVH— Evan Chronis (@Evan_Chronis) October 4, 2018 silverware getty Working with Lampard has done wonders for Mason Mount. His stock wouldn’t rise this quick if he was doing the same stuff with some random lower league manager.— Bikram Karki (@KarkiBikram99) October 4, 2018 tense Mason Mount has been called up to the senior @England squad for the first time! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿Congratulations, @MasonMount_10! 🦁👉 https://t.co/3XPTW6O8wQ pic.twitter.com/bolFPLMcaM— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) October 4, 2018 Mount has still never made a senior appearance for Chelsea, his parent club, but hopes have been high for the midfielder for a long time. He excelled while playing on loan at Vitesse last season, and has been tipped to establish himself as a key player for the Blues over the coming years. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Mount has been superb for Derby so far this season. It’s rare for a player playing in the Championship to get an England call up so Southgate must rate him incredibly highly. Phenomenal achievement and a proud moment for the Chelsea academy #OneOfOurOwn https://t.co/5yIXnZt1Sf— Ben Croft (@bmjc1996) October 4, 2018 He caught the eye in Derby’s shock defeat of Manchester United in the Carabao Cup third round, and has made the step up to Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad despite only making his Under-21 debut last month.The 19-year-old becomes the first outfield player to receive a senior England call-up whilst playing for a Championship side since Wilfried Zaha, of Crystal Palace, in 2012. Yesssss Ross Barkley & Mason Mount are in the England squad for the upcoming games this month!! Yasssss well deserved, especially for Mount. So happy for him! #CFC #ENG— Eden Hazard (@KhaiHazard) October 4, 2018 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? center_img SORRY scrap revealed BEST OF Mason Mount is the best footballer England has ever produced.— Mason Mount Fan 🗾 (@RudeRudeRudi) October 4, 2018 LATEST Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 Mount could make his senior England debut just a month after first appearing for the Under-21s But right now, Mount has a better chance establishing himself with England than with Chelsea, and his call-up had fans delighted across social media.talkSPORT.com collected some of the best reaction to Mount’s selection, and you can see the comments below… latest About time we got an England manager who picks young, exciting, in-form talent and not just the well known names. Sancho, Chalobah, Mount & Maddison, unreal from Southgate 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿— Chad (@cw96__) October 4, 2018 gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Well deserved Mason Mount the guys got a big future hopefully not at Chelsea tho they’ll ruin him! #England— ian watts (@ianwatts10) October 4, 2018 Mason Mount 🔥. Actually an exciting England team announcement…for once.— Laura (@LauOLau) October 4, 2018 Mason Mount is an incredible talent, with everything that a Manager would want. Ability, attitude, work rate and team play. Very well deserved, can’t wait to see him in Qatar. Gareth Southgate has himself a future star, and Derby have helped him on his way. Proud! 🐑🖤— 🐑🖤Julie King 🖤🐑 (@juliek1712) October 4, 2018last_img read more