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Bridges granted Jets extension

14 March 2013 01:37

A-League club Newcastle Jets have announced veteran striker Michael Bridges has re-signed to a one-year contract.

Bridges was hardly used at the start of the season as coach Gary van Egmond implemented his youth policy.

However, the former England Under 21 international has been a key member of Newcastle's push towards the finals in the back-end of the season, much to the delight of Jets fans who had been calling for his inclusion alongside countryman Emile Heskey at the point of the attack.

"I'm delighted to be able to spend another season playing at the Jets," Bridges via statement.

"My family and I are very happy in Newcastle and we love the lifestyle here, so it's great to settle down and have my future sorted."

Bridges' agreement includes a development role with the Emerging Jets junior program in the Jets off-season.

"We are delighted Michael has re-signed with the Club for next season, and in addition, to have him involved with our Juniors is a major boost for our region," Jets CEO Robbie Middleby said.

After hanging up the boots two seasons ago, 34-year-old Bridges said he has never felt fitter and is confident he can continue to be a big contributor to the Jets both on and off the park.

"I'm my biggest critic and I've said since day one of pre-season that I've never felt this fit, never felt this strong," he said.

"Thankfully I got the chance to show that. I'm playing better football and looking leaner and fitter than I was when I arrived three years ago.

"Hopefully I can pass on some wisdom and some knowledge and help bring our younger players along."

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