Carlisle United are delighted to welcome summer signing number five to Brunton Park as attacking midfielder Jack Bridge joins the club on a one-year deal (with a review) today.
Bridge, 23, came through the Southend United academy where he enjoyed two successful loan spells with Chelmsford City.
United Manager Steven Pressley said: “He’s very much like Harry McKirdy in the sense that he’s showing a lot of potential.
“The qualities he has have come through, but he hasn’t yet produced them over a consistent period. That’s why this is a big year for him if he wants to realise his ambitions.
“I want him to come here and really grab the opportunity with both hands. If he does that we’ll find ourselves with an excellent player.
“He plays the game with a high level of energy, which I like, and he’s a dynamic and creative footballer who likes to get the team forward. He’s very much an attacking midfield player, who hasn’t always been used in that way, but that is without doubt his position.
“He’ll suit the way we play because he can travel with the ball and one of the other things he has in his locker is that he has very good set plays.”
He bagged seven goals in 14 games during his second spell with Clarets and earned a trial period with Premier League outfit AFC Bournemouth with some stand-out performances.
He made a total of 11 appearances at Roots Hall before making the move to join Northampton Town at the start of the January 2018 transfer window.
United fans will remember him from the January 2019 away game against the Cobblers where Bridge bagged two of the goals in a 3-0 win for the home side.
He left Northampton at the end of last season having scored three goals in 32 appearances.