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Bolt to start up front for Mariners in tilt for A-League deal

11 October 2018 7:04 AM
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It will be no surprise to learn his tactical instructions will revolve around his pace and height. The fastest man in the world will be given the freedom to run behind the defence and instructed to look to space where he can exert his unrivalled speed.

"We want him probing behind defenders without the ball so we can play the ball into space behind the defenders and can get him on the end of crosses and through balls," Mulvey said. "If you're talking about him per-se, with the physique he has which is six-foot-five, defenders are not going to be too close to him. They'll want to stand off him a little bit. He can stretch the opposition and give other players space to play."

While the club will be analysing Bolt's progress, the Mariners coach just wants to see "a smile on his face" at the end of the game, with the 32-year-old still working his way towards peak condition.

"I think it's really worth nothing that when he came to the club, he was not fit," Mulvey said. "He hadn't done anything, he had been a retired athlete for a number of months. Even though he's a world-class athlete, he didn't come with world-class fitness. We improved his level of fitness, he was complicit, he worked really hard and got fit. Then you need to have football fitness."

Source: brisbanetimes.com.au

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