Making the Leap: Jacob Liddle...


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    Making the Leap: Jacob Liddle

    By Dan Talintyre (Twitter: @dantalintyre)

    Mon 17th October, 03:00PM


    While he’ll formally make the leap to the Club’s extended NRL squad in 2017, young gun Jacob Liddle already has some idea of just what lies ahead of him.

    Not that that necessarily makes the road ahead any easier, however.

    When he begins pre-season training in early November, it will be a case of third time around for the Central Coast junior, who has already spent the last two years mixing it with the Club’s biggest names at training — despite still being eligible for Holden Cup.

    Back in late 2014, Liddle’s first pre-season session was at just 18 years of age.

    He caught the train down from Wyong, and from the first session, was ready to learn.

    Ripping into tackles, listening to those around him and making an immediate impression on the coaching staff, Liddle would quickly find his feet in the Holden Cup system — named by his teammates as the Holden Cup Player of the Year come season’s end.

    Another pre-season would come around in 2015 and again, Liddle would impress.

    He’d head back into the Holden Cup system to begin the season, but it was clear from the outset that his class and composure was ready to be challenged in other grades.

    Starting Round 1 in the Intrust Super Premiership team, Liddle returned to the Holden Cup team in Round 6 — playing the next six games before stepping back up to reserve grade.

    It would be no surprise that upon that return, the Holden Cup side began an undefeated streak for more than two months, with Liddle at the forefront of his side’s attack.

    In those six games, he’d chalk up seven tries and five linebreaks.

    His talent was evident.

    Not getting ahead of himself, however, the 19-year-old continued to plug away in the lower grades before an opportunity was thrown his way midway through the season.

    With Robbie Farah away on State of Origin duties, Matt Ballin sidelined from a knee reconstruction and Manaia Cherrington unavailable with a foot injury, Liddle was called in to make his first-grade debut as a teenager against a physically dominant Bulldogs team.

    “I’m nervous, but I’m just trying to approach this like any other game and do what I do in every other game,” Liddle said the day before running out at ANZ Stadium for his debut.

    “Play strong and play fast, and hopefully it all goes good.”

    Little did he know how true those words would be.

    Coming off the bench to add some spark late in the first half, the Central Coast product soon found himself in the thick of the action in the middle of the field.

    With representative forwards trying to test and tire the youngster, Liddle would hold firm — making every one of his tackles in a 34-minute stint — before backing up on the inside and weaving his way over the line to score a memorable four-pointer on debut.

    The Bulldogs would go on to win 32-22 that night, but to all watching — from the stands to the coaches’ box — one thing was certain.

    The kid could play.

    “I thought he was great,” Coach Jason Taylor said of Liddle following the match.

    “Especially against a team with those big guys, his defence was superb and his try was great. He just did a really solid job and he didn’t look out of place for a second, which is really exciting for us. From a defensive perspective, he handled everything they threw at him well. We were confident he would handle tonight, and he did.”

    “Jacob is a very gifted footballer and there’s no doubt that he has a big future.”

    Second-tier salary cap restrictions would prevent Liddle from featuring in first-grade again in 2016; instead finishing the year in reserve-grade and Holden Cup, working on his craft.

    Knowing how much work lies ahead of him is a testament to Liddle’s level-headedness — his ability to remain switched on and not get ahead of himself in any way.

    On the field, his composure is clear to see.

    He knows when to run and when to pass.

    He times his attacks and when he choose to go, he does so with precision.

    But off the field is perhaps just as important for Liddle, who knows the journey ahead is ten times longer than the journey he’s already completed to get to where he is.

    Re-signing during the year, Liddle is keen for that journey to be at Wests Tigers.

    “I’m really excited to be at this club for the next two seasons,” Liddle said.

    “I had a really good pre-season under my belt with the NRL squad and that helped me build up a bit for this year. I feel like I’m keeping up with the pace of the game better.

    “I’ve learned a lot from the senior guys here at the Club — they are very professional — and I’m looking forward to learning even more from them in the years to come.”

    Liddle will return to Wests Tigers pre-season training in early November, as he’s done for the last three years, and while a lot will be the same, it’ll be different too.

    He’ll keep learning from the coaching staff and senior players around him, and he’ll keep making the two-hour trip from the Central Coast to training, but this time with the knowledge that he can handle the demands that are required of a first-grade player.

    Now, his challenge is to show he can produce that every week, and improve the skills and talents that are clearly evident in his game.

    If his story so far is anything to go by, it’s definitely a challenge worth watching out for.

    http://www.weststigers.com.au/news/2016/10/17/making_the_leap_jaco.html


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    There you go Happy,good news…

    The Future is HERE…



  • Will be good to see some fresh legs in that position. His very fast.



  • @Geo.:

    There you go Happy,good news…

    The Future is HERE…

    I rate Liddle , never said I didn’t

    We still have the problem with our 2,3 and 4 in on the left and right side defence , he can’t fix that



  • @Nucky Thompson:

    Will be good to see some fresh legs in that position. His very fast.

    When he runs he is soooo fast.

    The interesting thing is that he never looks like he is fully sprinting. He just looks to be jogging (fast)


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    @happy tiger:

    @Geo.:

    There you go Happy,good news…

    The Future is HERE…

    I rate Liddle , never said I didn’t

    We still have the problem with our 2,3 and 4 in on the left and right side defence , he can’t fix that

    Happy - I just don’t get you. Simona is a gun. Naiqama has shown plenty. We have a more than capable team especially if Liddle steps up.

    We need a better winger than Rankin mainly because that role is critical in the current game.



  • Looks like we will have a very ,very good spine,1,6,7,9, young and exciting to watch,hopefully Brooks will improve more this coming season as Moses has…
    I have to agree with Happy though,our right side defense really has to improve greatly to stop leaking points…hopefully a new D coach will sort them out…



  • @TrueTiger:

    Looks like we will have a very ,very good spine,1,6,7,9, young and exciting to watch,hopefully Brooks will improve more this coming season as Moses has…
    I have to agree with Happy though,our right side defense really has to improve greatly to stop leaking points…hopefully a new D coach will sort them out…

    Has the new defensive/assistant coach been picked yet?
    Looking forward to seeing Liddle play next season. I’d imagine he’d be coming off the bench, which means the other three bench players will have to be big boppers. AhLa Ava ,Grant, JJF



  • Weight of expectation growing…

    Brooks
    Moses
    Liddle
    Teddy
    Woods
    Nofo
    Simona



  • @stevetiger:

    @happy tiger:

    @Geo.:

    There you go Happy,good news…

    The Future is HERE…

    I rate Liddle , never said I didn’t

    We still have the problem with our 2,3 and 4 in on the left and right side defence , he can’t fix that

    Happy - I just don’t get you. Simona is a gun. Naiqama has shown plenty. We have a more than capable team especially if Liddle steps up.

    We need a better winger than Rankin mainly because that role is critical in the current game.

    Simona occasionally shows glimpses but is more likely a winger , he has far too many brain snaps for my liking

    Naiqama is a back up centre at best , his defence on the whole is shocking and he is terrible under the high ball

    Naiqama isn’t overly quick either , he is ok over the first 10-15 metres , but looks like he is running in quicksand after that



  • My concern with this article is it says Liddle’s joined the extended 2017 NRl squad. I certainly hope that isn’t the case and is rather Dan Talintyre just grouping all the guys leaving NYC under the same bracket. There’s no way on earth Liddle and Jacobs should be on the same type of contract next year.

    If Liddle is in the extended squad then we’re likely to encounter a lot of 2nd tier cap problems next year presuming he plays. But surely he’s on an NRL contract, and McIlwrick is on a 2nd tier contract…



  • I’d hazard a guess to say he will be in our top squad for next year. Taylor would have played him a lot more this year if it wasn’t for the fact he was under the 2nd tier cap and I doubt he’d make the same mistake again. Liddle is our future in the 9 and comes with the same hype Farah did when he hit the scene. Exciting times


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    Liddle aiming for next level in 2017

    Dan Talintyre (Twitter: @dantalintyre)

    Fri 18th November, 01:00PM
    A A



    Wests Tigers hooker Jacob Liddle says he’s looking to take his game to the next level in season 2017 after a memorable 2016 season that included his first-grade debut.

    One of seven Holden Cup players to make the transition to full-time training in 2017, Liddle says he’s enjoying spending another pre-season with the extended NRL squad, and is looking to use his experience gained last year to help him effectively make the step up.

    “It definitely takes a load off having had that one game of NRL,” he said.

    "Hopefully I can use that to help me get a good pre-season in now.

    “I definitely got a lot of confidence from last year. Not just with the debut, but also going between the Holden Cup and Intrust Super Premiership teams throughout the year helped me adjust and grow my game more. It was good to get a taste of that next level.”

    Billed as one of the brighest young prospects at the Club, the down-to-earth Wyong Roos junior says he’s simply looking to improve his game in the year ahead.

    Starting with his weight.

    “The coaches are keen for me to put on a bit more weight,” he said.

    "I need to build up a bit. There’s going to be some big boys out there so I need to be ready.

    “I just want to improve as much as I can — build up the other part of my game so I’m ready for the step-up. Every aspect of my game I want to improve on and I know I can.”

    http://www.weststigers.com.au/news/2016/11/18/liddle_aiming_for_ne.html



  • @stevetiger:

    @happy tiger:

    @Geo.:

    There you go Happy,good news…

    The Future is HERE…

    I rate Liddle , never said I didn’t

    We still have the problem with our 2,3 and 4 in on the left and right side defence , he can’t fix that

    Happy - I just don’t get you. Simona is a gun. Naiqama has shown plenty. We have a more than capable team especially if Liddle steps up.

    We need a better winger than Rankin mainly because that role is critical in the current game.

    Maybe I missed something …where has Steve gone?



  • He is all class with a minimum of fuss….The real deal with the real feel… I’m backing him to be our main man… at seasons end… :sign:


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