Former Leeds striker Michael Bridges makes plea to Russell Crowe

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Former Leeds striker Michael Bridges has urged Russell Crowe to get involved with the club.

A former Leeds star with a connection in the southern hemisphere has urged Hollywood star Russell Crowe to get involved with the club.

Crowe created headlines around the world this week when he responded to a fan's tweet about ownership of Leeds, the club he has supported since the 70s.

The club's chairman Andrew Umbers even had to deny Leeds were for sale, reported the BBC, who had earlier confirmed Gladiator star Crowe would consider getting involved in a takeover.

Ex-Leeds striker Michael Bridges used his twitter page to contact Crowe, and urge him to get involved.

Crowe is a native of New Zealand and a co-owner of Australian rugby league team South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Bridges is still only 36 but has retired from football after an injury struck career. He had a four year association with A-League side Newcastle Jets at the end of his career.

He played for Leeds between 1999 and 2004 but after a superb breakthrough season, nearly his entire time at the club was ruined by injury.

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