Former Sunderland and
Leeds striker Michael Bridges joined Norwich City on trial in
July 2009, making his non-competitive debut for the Canaries as
a substitute in the 1-0 win over Raith Rovers on 14th July 2009.
Bridges began his career
at Sunderland in 1995/96 and made 79 league appearances for the
Black Cats, scoring 16 goals. He transferred to Leeds in 1999/2000
and scored 19 Premiership goals in his first season. Bridges also
helped his side finish third in the Premiership, qualify for the
Champions League and reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup. Bridges
was seriously injured in the 0-0 draw with Besiktas and was plagued
with injuries over the next 4 seasons of his Leeds United career,
only making 10 appearances and not scoring any goals.
As a result of his
injuries he was loaned out to Newcastle United in January 2004
in order to help alleviate their striker crisis. He made 6 appearances
for Newcastle but failed to score.
Out of contract, he
joined Bolton in 2004 and made just 1 appearance. He returned
to Sunderland where he made 19 appearances, scoring once.
He joined Bristol City,
for whom he made 11 appearances, before being loaned out to Carlisle
United. In November 2005, that loan became permanent and his 15
goals helped win promotion to League One. He joined Hull City
in August 2006 for £350,000 but scored just 2 goals in 22
injury-plagued appearances. He was loaned out to Sydney FC and
to Carlisle, where he made 30 appearances and scored 7 goals.
After his trial with
Norwich, Bridges was linked with Lincoln City but instead signed
for MK Dons on 8th August 2009 on a non-contract basis. After
two games for MK Dons, Bridges was released and joined Australian
A-League side Newcastle Jets on trial. Bridges signed a contract
to play for the Jets for the remainder of the 200910 season
on 30th September 2009. He made his debut on 5th October 2009
in a 1-1 draw with Adelaide United. On 23rd October 2009, Bridges
scored his first goal for the Jets, netting the opener in the
team's 21 home win over their derby rivals, the Central
Coast Mariners. It was the Jets' first victory after a six-game
On 29th April 2011, Bridges announced his retirement from his
playing career following a knee injury, taking on a new role with
owners of the Newcastle Jets, Tinkler Sports Group. On 7 November
2011, Bridges returned from retirement signing a contract with
the Jets until the end of the 201112 season. Bridges then
played his first game back against Melbourne Victory which the
Jets won 30. He signed a new contract in March 2013 and
then became youth coach. He left the club on January 30 2015 resgining
in what is thought to be a protest at the sacking of five players,
including David Carney, and three coaches
following a 7-0 defeat to Adelaide.
Bridges was capped
by England at Under-18 and Under-21 level.