No Central Coast player spent more time working with Usain Bolt on his first day of training at the A-League club than Kalifa Cisse.
Off-season arrivals Cisse and Bolt both sat out the main part of Tuesday's session, a match simulation drill, because they're on restricted workloads.
The pair instead did some exercises under the watchful eye of the Mariners' fitness guru Andrew Young, striking up some conversation while they sweated it out.
Cisse, a former English Premier League player now in the twilight of his football career, couldn't help but ask the burning questions of the superstar trialist.
Why, after such a decorated sprinting career that was rewarded with eight Olympic gold medals and countless accolades, does Bolt want to play professional football?
"He said to me, he always wanted to," Cisse explained.
"But when he was young they pushed him towards athletics because they saw the quality. Football was his dream when he was young .. now he has the opportunity to try to achieve this dream.
"The guy really wants to do it. He's serious, you have to respect that and help him the best we can.
"He's come in with a very positive approach and not with overconfidence. He's a normal guy who wants to learn and improve."
Bolt has already formed a bond with Cisse, who was one of few players to attend Saturday night's welcoming dinner alongside coaching staff.
The world's fastest man has picked the brain of Cisse, who made his club debut earlier this month during the FFA Cup.
"We've talked a lot," Bolt said.
"He has taught me a lot. He's spoken about different plays. He's explained how they play here."
Cisse, who admitted it was intimidating to share a dressing room with "one of the greatest athletes ever", is keen to do whatever he can to help Bolt achieve his dream.
The 34-year-old, who represented Mali five times during his international career, has played all over the world. He is adamant that Bolt has talent.
"He can control the ball and play," Cisse said.
"He's never going to be Thierry Henry and that's not something he expects."
Australian Associated Press