St George-Illawarra have announced the signing of hooker Jacob Liddle, after he was released from the final year of his contract at the Wests Tigers.
“The opportunity to bring Jacob to the Dragons was a good fit for all involved,” Dragons general manager of football Ben Haran said in a club statement.
The move ends a seven year stay for Liddle at the Tigers, after he made his debut for the joint-venture in 2016.
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The 25-year-old struggled to tie down the starting gig at Concord this year in what was a season from hell which culminated in Michael Maguire being sacked mid-way through the campaign and the club picking up its first wooden spoon in history.
Liddle’s last start came in round 15’s loss to Canterbury, after which he featured just two more times under interim coach Brett Kimmorley.
Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe echoed the sentiments of Haran, when stating how the decision to release Liddle from the remaining year of his contract was the best for all concerned.
“An opportunity presented itself at the Dragons for Jacob and it’s an outcome that works for all parties,” Pascoe said.
“He is a tremendous talent, a lovely young man, and an outstanding person.
“We wish Jacob the very best for his future and thank him for all that he has done for this club over the past seven years.”
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Liddle will provide the Dragons with valuable depth in the dummy-half position, after the club struggled in that department throughout what turned out to be a disappointing season, which saw them miss out on playing finals footy again.
“Hooker is a position we identified as needing further depth in and Jacob is a good prospect for the club given his age and experience,” Harran said.
Liddle is the Dragons first signing in what promises to be a busy summer, with a number of veterans being moved on and the coaching staff undergoing significant changes.
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