Teenager relishes milestone Bolt debut
FOOTBALL: As Olympic legend Usain Bolt made his highly-anticipated debut for the Central Coast Mariners on Friday night Sunshine Coast's Josh Nisbet was right at his side.
While the 19-year-old has already gained some valuable game time with the Mariners of late, his most recent outing with the A-League outfit will be one he'll never forget.
In the 72nd minute of the Mariners pre-season friendly a 10,000 strong crowd roared, and fireworks exploded, as eight-time Olympic gold medalist Bolt was subbed into the game.
It also happened to be the very minute Nisbet entered the fray.
"The coach instructed me to warm up with Bolt and said you'll be going on at the same time,” he said.
"There was about 10,000 people there and they all wanted to see Bolt and the crowd got lifted and the atmosphere increased (when he ran on).
"To be next to Bolt (when it happened) was a pretty good moment.
"I spoke to him a little bit and he said he was a little bit nervous but he's quite a happy bloke so he was more excited for the challenge and excited for the fans who he said quite motivated him when he was coming on.”
The moment (pictured above) was not only snapped but raised a few eyebrows.
"The photo of us before we came on really emphasises how tall he is and how short I am because I think he's six foot five and I'm five foot three so there's a massive difference,” Nisbet said.
"It sort of captured a few people's attention the size difference - It's quite funny to see.”
With Nisbet slotting into centre midfield and Bolt on the left wing, the two connected more than a few times in the dying stages of the match.
It was the former Buderim Wanderers and Sunshine Coast Fire talent's third outing with the Mariners and Nisbet not only relished the experience but hoped it would lead to further opportunities.
"Overall I thought I played well and the whole night was great with the fans, the lead up, the coaching staff and players and everything was good about it and it was quite enjoyable,” he said.