Wayne Michael Bridge is an English footballer who plays as a left back for Football League Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion, on loan from Manchester City. Bridge made his first reserve team debut playing for the Southampton as a centre-forward against Portsmouth on 13 August 1997 and turned professional the following year. In 2000-01 season, Bridge was voted the Southampton Player of the year. Bridge was described as fast, determined, skilful and full of youthful promise. His temperament and consistency, combined with a high level of fitness, enabled him to participate in most of the matches. During his five years as a Saints first-team player, he made 174 appearances, with two league goals against Wimbledon and Bolton Wanderers to his credit. In July 2003, Bridge was tempted away to join Chelsea for £7 million plus the benefit of plus Graeme Le Saux. His finest movement was when Bridge scored the winning goal, in the 88th minute of the Champions League quarter-final, against Arsenal pushing Chelsea into the semi finals. In January 2009, Bridge signed a four-and-a-half year deal with Manchester City. On 6 July 2012, it was confirmed that Bridge would join Brighton & Hove Albion on a season-long loan.