Bridge settled and ready for start of season

Having settled back into the Sydney FC setup after an off-season loan spell with Chinese Super League side, Tianjin Teda, striker, Mark Bridge says he is feeling sharp ahead of the new Hyundai A-League competition, which will kick off this Saturday for the Sky Blues, against the North Queensland Fury in Townsville.


Having settled back into the Sydney FC setup after an off-season loan spell with Chinese Super League side, Tianjin Teda, striker, Mark Bridge says he is feeling sharp ahead of the new Hyundai A-League competition, which will kick off this Saturday for the Sky Blues, against the North Queensland Fury in Townsville.

The 23-year old has adapted quickly to life under new Coach, Vitezslav Lavicka and is looking forward to the coming campaign after developing his game during his four month stint with Tianjin.

“It-s a different game (in China). They-re a lot more attacking and possession isn-t as important to them. We treasure possession more here,” he explained. “I feel sharper from the time in China and feel like I-m a better professional.”

Like his teammates, Bridge is excited about Sydney-s prospects in Version 5 of the Hyundai A-League, with the Sky Blues winning 11 games and drawing 2 during an undefeated pre-season.

“We-re lucky to have a long pre-season in Australia,” Bridge said. “While you can-t take too much away from the results it lets the boys have the chance to gel and bond and we-re looking pretty sharp and fit. We-ve had a few niggling little injuries but we-re over most of those now and we should be alright.”

Bridge is confident he can win a spot up front in Vitezslav Lavicka-s lineup and has singled out Captain, Steve Corica and marquee man John Aloisi as two key players for Sydney FC this season.

“For me to be learning off those two is amazing and I-m looking forward to playing with them again,” he said.