RE: Jacob Liddle
posted in Season 2021
I didn’t think Liddle was as bad as some are making out, wasn’t perfect but geez it’s round 1. Like many I had high hopes for the start of the season buts let’s put things into perspective…
- Brooks is the only regular player left from last years spine
- Our 5/8 that has trained in the position all pre-season was unavailable
- Forward pack has been completely changed and half of them have never played together
For those calling for Simpkin to be brought straight in to replace Liddle or even having him on the bench, take a breath and consider what that really means. Simpkin playing CC gives him the chance to play 80mins every week against hardened men to hone his skills and learn how to lead a team around the park.
You put him into first grade now without that prior-learning and you stifle his development, especially after being off the park all of last season.
Liddle deserves the chance to work into the first few rounds in what’s essentially a new team and Simpkin needs the opportunity in CC to develop his skill and then push for a spot in the top grade.
Both scenarios are a positive for our team moving forward.