Michael Bridges says he doesn't want Leeds to be promoted this season; hopes for future role at the club

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The former Leeds United player has been speaking about Uwe Rosler's side.

Former Leeds United player Michael Bridges has made it clear that he wants to return to Elland Road in some capacity in the future in an interview broadcast on BBC Radio Leeds.

Bridges played for five years at Elland Road having signed from Sunderland in 1999, but after leaving the Whites he became something of a journeyman, never staying at one club for too long and ultimately heading to Australia where he has represented Sydney FC, Newcastle Jets and Lambton Jaffas FC.

Now 37, Bridges’ career is drawing to a close as he plays out time at a semi-professional level, but in an interview with ABC Grandstand that has since been broadcast on BBC Radio Leeds, he admitted that the Whites are the club closest to his heart.

However, he also made an interesting statement about their current Championship campaign, admitting that he does not want to see Uwe Rosler’s side promoted too soon.

Most Leeds fans would love to see this talented young side achieve Premier League promotion in Rosler’s debut campaign, but Bridges feels differently.

“I honestly don’t want to see Leeds go up this season,” he said. “I’d rather they have a great season get the players gelled together; got some wins, finished in the top half of the table and then have a really good push as Champions the season after.”

“Otherwise you come straight back down, some of the players need a bit more time to steady the ship.”

It is a sensible assessment of a Leeds squad that, with time, could become one of the most exciting in the country, and one day Bridges hopes to be working alongside them once more.

“I will return to Elland Road in some capacity in the future,” he added, “whether it’s coaching, management, or somewhere involved with the club as an ambassador.”

So it is clear Leeds will always be in Bridges’ heart, and for those who still have a soft spot for the now-37-year-old, they may not have seen the last of him at Elland Road.

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