Wayne’s build­ing Bridges with Cats

Midweek Sport - - RACING EXTRA - By MATT BUT­LER

WAYNE BRIDGE is de­ter­mined to re­build his ca­reer af­ter a sur­prise move to Sun­der­land.

The out-of-favour Man City de­fender made the switch af­ter the Blues agreed to cover more than half his £85,000-a-week wages for the rest of the sea­son.

Bridge has seen his ca­reer stall since a £12mil­lion move from Chelsea – mak­ing just 58 ap­pear­ances in a frus­trat­ing three years at the Eti­had Sta­dium.

The for­mer Eng­land full-back has fallen so far down the peck­ing or­der un­der Roberto Mancini he has been forced to train with the re­serves.

But the 31-year-old is de­ter­mined to show Mancini and the doubters he’s still got what it takes to cut it in the top flight.

Re­fusal

Bridge won’t fea­ture against Nor­wich tonight due to a lack of match fit­ness af­ter just 78 min­utes of se­nior foot­ball this sea­son.

Sun­der­land have first re­fusal on an £8m per­ma­nent deal in the sum­mer, and Bridge said: “I’ll work hard and show ev­ery­one what I’ve got.

“This move is a great op­por­tu­nity for me and I’m look­ing for­ward to the fu­ture and hope­fully do­ing well for the team here.”

Bridge, who has al­ready trained with his new team-mates, added: “The club’s on the up. Hope­fully I can help them progress even more.”

Sun­der­land also com­pleted the sign­ing of ex-liver­pool de­fender Sotirios Kyr­giakos on loan from Wolfs­burg un­til the end of the sea­son.

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