Gus has revitalised my love for football after I was in the wilderness at Manchester City." In June 2013, Bridge signed a one-year contract with Reading, who had just been relegated to the Football League Championship.
Bridge chose Reading ahead of offers from Queens Park Rangers and Brighton, who wished to make his loan permanent.
He only made two appearances for Chelsea that season, both in domestic cup games.
He made his debut in a 2–1 defeat to West Ham United at Upton Park.
He made his first start for Sunderland in their 1–0 win over Liverpool on 10 March 2012, and also featured in the FA Cup quarter-final draw with Everton the following week.On 27 February 2010, City inflicted Chelsea's first home Premier League defeat of the season with a 4–2 victory.Prior to the match, Bridge was involved in a highly publicised incident in which he refused to shake hands with Chelsea captain and former club and international teammate John Terry, who was at the time the subject of claims His position as left-back for Manchester City gradually faded with the arrival of two new left-backs.He told The Independent, "Brighton have been great to me.I just want to say a big thank you to the chairman and the fans.The move seemed to benefit him as he managed to secure his place in the 2006 World Cup English squad for the tournament in Germany.Chelsea won the Premier League again, but Bridge was not eligible for a medal this time as he had not made a single league appearance for them all season.On 6 July 2012, it was confirmed that Bridge would join Brighton & Hove Albion on a season-long loan.Bridge played 37 league games for Brighton, scoring three goals and helping them reach fourth place in the league to qualify for the play-offs.His strong early season form, however, was not enough to hold down the left-back position, with Mourinho preferring Ashley Cole in most games.Following Cole's injury in the 3–0 Premier League win against Blackburn Rovers early in 2007, Bridge became Chelsea's natural choice for left-back.