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The former England Under-21 striker Michael Bridges has signed with Australia's Newcastle Jets for the rest of the 2009-10 A-League season.


The 31-year-old striker, who has previously played for Leeds United and Hull City in England before enjoying a stint on loan at Sydney FC, agreed terms with the club following a successful trial.


"I was excited when I got the phone call a week ago to come out here as I was on my way to Portugal and I did a U-turn to get out here and to reunite with Branko [Culina] and play with the Jets and obviously in the A-League," said Bridges. "I felt like I've got something to offer but I had to come out here and prove myself. I wasn't just going to walk in here.


"The lads have put my through my paces with the team and it has all been well and good and I am excited to be part of the Jets team."


Him & Fowler both out there now, its like the 90's over there has any club signed Fatduka yet?




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I will always remember him for the last minute winner he scored for me in an FA Cup final in a very early version of Championship Manager.   :snod:



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Average, injury prone player who lived off one good season with Leeds.


He looked good for Sunderland as well.


I'd say he looked promising at Sunderland rather than good. Was never a regular there was he?


Course he wasn't. But he did have Quinn and Phillips in front of him. I think he was a player who had a lot of potential, good touch, intelligence. Just never recovered from his injury problems.

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Former Sunderland and Leeds United striker Michael Bridges has announced his retirement from professional football. The 32-year-old moved to the Newcastle Jets in 2009 and scored six goals in 15 appearances during his first season in Australia but has since struggled with a knee injury.

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Always seemed like an honest hard working player. Was unstoppable in that season with Leeds. Shame about all the injuries... And shame he couldn't slot that ball in against Marseille :D

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