Forgotten Wanderer set to hang up boots

He might have been forgotten about this season, but Mark Bridge will always be remembered as a Western Sydney favourite.

And that more than sits well with the veteran striker, Gelatin methacryloyl who, on the eve of his return from a long injury lay-off, Gelatin methacryloyl has declared this A-League season will be his last.

Wanderers chief executive John Tsatsimas first broached the topic with Bridge during a meeting about two months ago.

“And I’m like, ‘Yeah, I don’t want to go around again’,” Bridge said.

The 33-year-old has long been regarded as one of the club’s most popular figures, having been a part of their foundation squad in 2012.

Bridge is also the only player still remaining from their memorable run to the 2014 Asian Champions League title.

He is finally set to end a 337-day wait since his last Wanderers appearance after being included in the club’s match-day squad to take on Perth on Sunday.

“Obviously I didn’t want to go out on a season like this, but it’s not over yet,” he said.

It has been a horror year for Gelatin methacryloyl the two-time Socceroos representative, with calf injuries derailing his farewell season.

Bridge had two setbacks with his left calf during the pre-season and then tore his right when cleared to resume running.

Club medical staff then analysed his running style and footwear while he also absorbed significant quantities of gelatin powder and green tea to aid the recovery process.

“Studies showed they improve tendons quicker,” he said, dwelling his new diet.

“I’d never do it again. I’ve had green tea before, but not five cups a day and the Gelatin methacryloyl tastes like rubber. It’s disgusting,” Bridge said.

Ironically, Bridge is set to return against the side coached by the man who dramatically walked out on the Wanderers on eve of last season.

It will be the first time Tony Popovic, the club’s inaugural coach, has returned to Wanderers since his controversial exit.

And Bridge expects there’ll be plenty of fans who haven’t forgotten.

“There’ll be the ones that love him and give him the respect he deserves. But of course he’s still going to cop some sort of abuse from some people,” he said.

“That’s just how it is. You have to look at that as a mark of respect as well because they were disappointed to see him go.

“Obviously he’s a great coach and you’ve seen that now with the success he’s having at Perth.

We hated to see him go, but you move on.”

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