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Friday, July 6, 2012
Bridge joins Brighton on loan

ESPN staff

Brighton have signed Manchester City full-back Wayne Bridge on a season-long loan deal.

Bridge, 31, has been out of the first-team picture at the Etihad under Roberto Mancini, and the Championship club are looking to add experience to a team that challenged for the play-offs last season.

The defender spent spells on loan at West Ham and Sunderland in the past two seasons, and Brighton manager Gus Poyet said he was delighted to have secured the signing of one of his main summer targets.

"It's difficult to say how I happy I am because it's not easy to get top-class players,'' Poyet told the club's official website. "I'm absolutely delighted to have Wayne with us. He's been one of the top three left-backs in this country for many years.

"This is what we want at this club. He's a quality player with lots of international experience. We have all got to learn from him, and I'm sure that he will have a very good season with us.

"It's going to be very nice to sit back and watch him on the pitch."

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