He might have some direct competition with Jake Simpkin but the Wests Tigers know how crucial Jacob Liddle is to their team moving forward.

Liddle, who has recently come back into the Tigers’ first-grade side, has signed a new two-year deal with the club.

The Wyong Roos junior joined the Tigers in 2015 and has since won the club’s Rookie of the Year award and found a home in the side as hooker.

Although it has been a tough slog at times with prolonged knee injuries, Liddle is pleased he gets the chance to continue donning the Tigers jersey.

“I’m really excited to be able to stay on with the club,” Liddle enthused.

“It’s been a bit of an up-and-down ride for myself personally, but I’ve loved being at Wests Tigers and really feel a part of what we’re building here.

“I’m determined now to make sure I continue to deliver my best footy each and every week and help bring success to the club, its Members, and its fans.”

Tigers coach Michael Maguire also praised Liddle’s efforts and looks forward to his continued improvement over the course of his deal.

“Jacob has had to work really hard over the past few years,” Maguire said, “but he’s got himself now to a point where he has grown a lot as a footballer.

“He also knows where he wants to get to as a player and where he wants this club to be, and I’m looking forward to watching him continue to grow and achieve more in the years to come.”

Wests Tigers hooker Jacob Liddle

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