Striker Bridges signed for City during September 2006 for £350,000, and he opened his goal account early with a fine strike at Leicester. However he soon drifted out of the first team picture due to injuries and was then chosen irregularly by Phil Brown for the second half of the season. He was similarly underused during 2007/08 and as City ascended the Championship table Bridges headed down under for a loan spell with Sydney FC. Bridges spent City’s first Premier League season on loan at Carlisle United before leaving in May 2009.
Bridges was born in North Shields and cut his footballing teeth at the famous Wallsend Boys Club. He joined Sunderland at the age of 16, made his debut at 18 and was a first team regular in his early 20s when he made a £5m move to Leeds United. His first season at Elland Road saw goals galore and success in Europe, however a serious injury meant he struggled to see first team action for three seasons and in 2004 he started a whistle stop tour of Bolton, Sunderland and Bristol City before arriving at Carlisle United. In half a season at Brunton Park, Bridges rediscovered form and fitness and rattled in 16 goals, a return to form that led to his Hull City move.
After his release in 2009 Bridges had a few weeks at Milton Keynes Dons before relocating to Australia, spending five seasons at Newcastle Jets.
Bridges was capped at England under-18 and under-21 levels while at Sunderland.
Date/Place of Birth: 5 August 1978, North Shields
Hull City First Game: 9 September 2006, Birmingham City A (Championship), 28 years, 35 days old
Hull City Final Game: 15 March 2008, Southampton H (Championship), 29 years, 223 days old
Sunderland (1994-1999), Leeds United (1999-2004), Newcastle United (2004, loan), Bolton Wanderers (2004), Sunderland (2004, loan), Sunderland (2004-2005), Bristol City (2005), Carlisle United (2005, loan), Carlisle United (2006), Hull City (2006-2009), Sydney FC (2007-2008, loan), Carlisle United (2008-2009, loan), Milton Keynes Dons (2009), Newcastle Jets (2009-2014), Lambton Jaffas (2015)
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Career: 24 apps, 3 goalsMichael Bridges
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