Wests Tigers re-sign Jacob Liddle



  • Wests Tigers are pleased to announce that hooker Jacob Liddle has signed a new playing contract with the club.

    The new deal will see Liddle remain with Wests Tigers until the end of the 2021 season.

    A junior representative star, Liddle made his first-grade debut for Wests Tigers in 2016 — his only appearance that season — before playing 13 games the following year in a strong campaign that saw him named the club’s NRL Rookie of the Year.

    Still only 22 years of age, Liddle has already chalked up 36 games in his NRL career including five tries and has featured nine times for Michael Maguire’s side in 2019.

    The Wyong Roos junior said he was delighted to extend his future with Wests Tigers.

    “It’s great to stay here — I’m really happy with the club at the moment,” Liddle said.

    “This team is definitely going in the right direction with Michael Maguire and the team is playing really well as a result and I just want to keep being a part of it.

    “I know there’s a big opportunity for me now going forward, but there’s also a big opportunity this year to keep contributing where I can. Our team is in a great position and I want to make sure I keep doing everything I can to help with that.”

    Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire praised Liddle’s professionalism on and off the field, and said he looked forward to watching the hooker continue his development.

    “I’m really excited to see Jacob commit his future to Wests Tigers,” Maguire said.

    “I’ve been thoroughly impressed with his character and the way he has developed as a player both on and off the field this year. He has shown tremendous progress and I look forward to watching him now take the next steps in his career.

    “Jacob has grown really well in his time at the club so far and has added some great attributes to his game. With his genuine speed and creativity, we know he can take this team to another level and we’re excited to see him do that going forward.”

    Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe congratulated Liddle on his new playing contract.

    “On behalf of all at the club, I’d like to say how pleased we are to secure Jacob for another two seasons,” Pascoe said. “He works extremely hard to better himself as a player and it’s been great to see him grow during his time at the club so far.”

    “Jacob is extremely well liked by our Members and fans and we look forward to seeing him keep taking this club forward in the years to come.”



  • Super Happy about this.

    I’m looking forward to watching Liddle become the gun hooker we all think he will be.


  • Banned

    is he any good at fantasy?
    would b a great cash cow come 2020… how much does he cost?
    would he get big minutes?



  • @ivancleary $235,300



  • Good news, but AGAIN just two years. FFS, Tigers - if he’s the guy lock him up long term and if he’s not let him go. He’ll be off contract again at age 24, ie just entering his prime. If we assume 2020 is going to be not massively better than 2019 (as we don’t have cap room to make any major signings and the promising juniors are more than a year away) we will get exactly one season of Liddle in a potentially competitive team out of this contract.



  • Good news. Our retention has been spot on with Mikalele, Aloai, Liddle, MCK extended.

    The length of the contract is good he is unproven as an 80 minute hooker and we have serious cap room in by the end of 2021. If he performs up to expectations we can extend it early. If the young QLD hooker turns into a gun we have options.

    There seems to be a real strategy about signings and potential releases based on performance. Well done Tigers.



  • @TYGA said in Wests Tigers re-sign Jacob Liddle:

    Good news. Our retention has been spot on with Mikalele, Aloai, Liddle, MCK extended.

    The length of the contract is good he is unproven as an 80 minute hooker and we have serious cap room in by the end of 2021. If he performs up to expectations we can extend it early. If the young QLD hooker turns into a gun we have options.

    There seems to be a real strategy about signings and potential releases based on performance. Well done Tigers.

    Well said Tyga. How lucky were we to have Cleary drag his backside back to Penrith. There seems to be real football leadership at last.



  • I like this. We have been losing these types of guys in previous years. May show that the club culture is improving, young guys happy to hang around playing backup until they are ready.



  • @2041 said in Wests Tigers re-sign Jacob Liddle:

    Good news, but AGAIN just two years. FFS, Tigers - if he’s the guy lock him up long term and if he’s not let him go. He’ll be off contract again at age 24, ie just entering his prime. If we assume 2020 is going to be not massively better than 2019 (as we don’t have cap room to make any major signings and the promising juniors are more than a year away) we will get exactly one season of Liddle in a potentially competitive team out of this contract.

    I think it’s a good decision. He’s a good player but has been injury plagued and hasn’t proven that he can play 80 mins in the NRL.



  • Good news to have him here until end 2021,the retention committee got it right



  • We have nurtured him, stuck by him, and now it’s time for him to stand up and be the player we need.



  • @Tiger_Steve said in Wests Tigers re-sign Jacob Liddle:

    @TYGA said in Wests Tigers re-sign Jacob Liddle:

    Good news. Our retention has been spot on with Mikalele, Aloai, Liddle, MCK extended.

    The length of the contract is good he is unproven as an 80 minute hooker and we have serious cap room in by the end of 2021. If he performs up to expectations we can extend it early. If the young QLD hooker turns into a gun we have options.

    There seems to be a real strategy about signings and potential releases based on performance. Well done Tigers.

    Well said Tyga. How lucky were we to have Cleary drag his backside back to Penrith. There seems to be real football leadership at last.

    Ivan was Cleary a disaster.


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    @2041 said in Wests Tigers re-sign Jacob Liddle:

    Good news, but AGAIN just two years. FFS, Tigers - if he’s the guy lock him up long term and if he’s not let him go. He’ll be off contract again at age 24, ie just entering his prime. If we assume 2020 is going to be not massively better than 2019 (as we don’t have cap room to make any major signings and the promising juniors are more than a year away) we will get exactly one season of Liddle in a potentially competitive team out of this contract.

    Never saw it coming…I agree 5 years



  • Great news solid player



  • @TheDaBoss Good signing.
    Days of 5 year contracts should be decisions of the past.
    He is no certainty to develop further but if he does then we will cross that bridge in 2021.


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