Champion sprintstar Usain Bolt was seen in a new avatar yesterday.

Bolt made his football debut for an Australian professional team on Friday, running out as a substitute for the final minutes of a pre-season friendly as he set about launching his new sporting career.

The world’s fastest man was given longer than the sub 10-second bursts with which he made his name, but with only 19 minutes left on the clock he had little chance to make an impact when he appeared off the bench for the Central Coast Mariners.

Almost 10,000 people turned out to watch the eight-time Olympic Gold medalist in action, higher than the club averaged for league games last season.