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Bridges re-signs with Newcastle Jets

Newcastle have received a boost in their charge towards the A-League finals, with Michael Bridges re-signing on a one-year deal.

The former English Premier League striker has made 51 A-League appearances for Newcastle during his four seasons at the club, scoring 10 goals.

The 34-year-old has been signed partly because of his experience and the mentor role he can play for younger players at the club.

Bridges' agreement includes involvement with the Emerging Jets program in the 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," said chief executive Robbie Middleby said.

Bridges said his body is still up to the rigours of A-League football.

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

The Jets are currently in sixth place on the A-League ladder.

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