Bridges enjoying commentary role

Michael Bridges will again be in the commentary booth for Channel 7's coverage of Melbourne Victory vs Liverpool FC on Wednesday.

After making his commentary debut during Saturday night-s clash between the Foxtel A-League All Stars and Manchester United, Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets striker Michael Bridges is set to do it all over again when Liverpool FC face Melbourne Victory at the MCG on Wednesday night.

An average audience of 732,000 metropolitan viewers across Australia tuned into Bridges- commentary during Channel 7-s broadcast of the Manchester United fixture.

The 34-year-old said he enjoyed the experience despite having to overcome initial nerves.

“Obviously I-ve done a little bit of the panel and punditry work in the past, but to actually commentate on the game, it was a bit nerve-wracking to start with,” Bridges said.

“I really enjoyed it and just being able to offer a bit of an insight into the game from upstairs was great.

“People might have had to put subtitles on at the start to understand me though.”

Bridges said getting into football broadcasting is something he is considering pursuing once his professional career is over.

“It-s something I-ve thought about and obviously the more you do, the better you get, so long may it continue,” Bridges said.

“I-ve got the Liverpool game this week against the Melbourne Victory and I-m looking forward to doing a little bit more for that match.”

Bridges said he was impressed with the display Manchester United put on to secure a 5-1 win in front of a sold-out ANZ Stadium.

“It was a different class. Manchester United showed what it-s about to play at the highest level,” he said.

“They had five or six opportunities and they scored five goals, whereas the A-League All Stars had their chances as well but they only converted one.

“It-s all about the intricate touches, the one-twos, the give-and-gos and the off the ball movement. It was just great for everyone to be able to see that in action.”

Connor Chapman was the lone Jets representative in the Foxtel A-League All Stars team for Saturday night-s match and Bridges said the promising 18-year-old would take a lot out of the experience.

“Connor is a class act and he deserves all the credit he is getting. He went away to the World Cup with the Under 20s and he-s a future star,” Bridges said.

“What I like about Connor is he is willing to listen and wants to learn to develop his game.”