Michael Bridges comments on his 2004 exit from Leeds United

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The injury prone striker joined Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer.

Former Leeds United striker Michael Bridges has been talking about when he left the club and how it was a step up in terms of the coaching he received at Bolton Wanderers.

Bridges cost Leeds United a fee reported to be in the region of £5 million by The Telegraph. He scored a hat-trick in his second game and was an instant hit at Elland Road but injury problems soon robbed of him of hero status at the club.

He left the club and joined Bolton Wanderers after five years in Yorkshire in 2004.

He told the Sunderland Echo today that the set-up at Bolton at the time, under the management of Sam Allardyce, was like nothing he had seen before.

He stated:

“After being at Leeds United for so long and playing in Europe, people could have seen it as a step-down to go to Bolton, but it was actually a step-up in the educational side of it and how football had developed to a new scientific level.

“He (Allardyce) opened my eyes to a whole different side of football – the nutrition, the analysis, the way he monitored the players.

Leeds current set-up at Thorp Arch is still in need of some improvement but there is little dob that the club has now caught up with the times in terms of the bigger picture.

Just looking at the amount of young graduates currently in the Leeds United first-team certainly suggests that Leeds are doing something right behind the scenes.

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