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BRIDGE | "Hopefully I can kick on from here"

3 May 2016

Blues midfielder delighted to make his first team debut

It was a special moment for Jack Bridge and his family as the midfielder made his first team debut for Southend United against Bradford City at Roots Hall on Saturday.

The 20-year-old has been with the club since the age of nine, and he saw all his hard work and dedication come to fruition as he came on as a second half substitute in the 1-0 defeat to the Bantams.

After impressing in the Under-21’s, Bridge had spent the majority of the second half of the campaign on loan at National League South side, Chelmsford City.

Boosted by the wealth of experience that loan gave him, the midfielder captained the Under-21’s to cup glory in the Final Third Development South Cup Final last week.

Now the youngster has set his sights firmly on making an impact for Phil Brown’s side after gaining a taste of League One action at the weekend.

“It’s a great experience for me.” Bridge said.

“I’ve been here since the age of nine, so I really enjoyed going out there and it was a great experience.

“I feel like being at Chelmsford has really helped me, I’ve gone there and done well so it was a really good loan.

“I think going there and giving myself the opportunity to play men’s football has sort of prepared me for day like this and hopefully they’ll be a few more to come.

“It’s disappointing not to get the win, but for me I’m just so happy to get on the pitch and make my debut, so hopefully I can just kick on from here.
   
“Today has given me a taste of what it’s like and hopefully next season can be a year that I make a name for myself.”

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