Central Coast Mariners coach Mike Mulvey says he's "quietly pleased" with the progress of star recruit Usain Bolt and now football fans will have a chance to judge for themselves.
The eight-time Olympian is expected to get significant pitch time when the Mariners take on Sydney South West's NPL All Stars at Campbelltown Stadium on Friday for a charity match.
Fox Sports cameras will there to capture every kick, shot and run as Bolt continues the hazardous transition from track legend to football pro.
For Central Coast it's just another preseason game on the road to redemption, but nothing is "just" anymore when you have Bolt in tow.
Mulvey says the 32-year-old has made significant progress in his "football fitness" and hinted that he could be a starter.
As well as training with the squad, Bolt has been put through one-on-one sessions with the club's development coaches.
"First touch, ability to head the ball, the ability to run with the ball, the ability to pass the ball...we’ve been working on that and he’s responded quite well," Mulvey said.
"On Friday we'll see where he's at.
"From a fitness perspective you could probably start him, whether we do or not, he’s probably a good chance. But we’ll weigh it up as the week goes.
"Last week we rested him a little bit because he had a bit of a knee injury, that’s all gone.
"We went away for camp and he worked well within the squad then and he trained well this morning so we’ll see what happens on Friday."
With two matches in as many days, Mulvey says he's "torn" how to approach the game but is pleased with the talent at his disposal after last season's wooden spoon finish.
He added: "We’ve improved the competitiveness within the squad, we’ve added to the squad in terms of depth, so I think both teams will be competitive."
Friday's clash will raise awareness for the Shake It Up Australia Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) to promote and fund Parkinson’s disease research and treatment.
It will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 503 from 7.30pm (ADST).