Former Toon Striker Takes Up Australian Citizenship

14 March 2013 10:41
Former Newcastle striker Michael Bridges says he is delighted to have extended his stay at Newcastle Jets for another season.

Bridges revealed that he is working with the Club to get his full Australian citizenship, which would mean he no longer occupies one of the five visa spots on the Jets roster.

After featuring only as a substitute earlier this season, Bridges has started in his last four outings for the Jets.

Michael Bridges: “If I looked back six months ago, I never would have seen this coming. I just stuck in with hard work and carried on waiting for my opportunity.

“Thankfully both parties came to an agreement and got something sorted and I’m delighted.

“Hopefully I’ve set an example to the young boys and they’ve seen if you’re not getting a game, you work hard, you don’t become a bad egg off the park and you stick at it.

“The thing is here you have small squads compared to Europe, so you’re always going to get an opportunity through injuries and suspensions and things like that.

“One man’s pain is another man’s gain and you’ve just got to be ready for that opportunity.

“If you let yourself become unfit and you let yourself fall by the wayside when that chance comes, you’re not going to be any good to anybody.

“(The opportunity has) come up and I’ve taken it on board and it’s just great to have a run out there and play some good football.”

Source: Newcastle United Mad