Wests Tigers young gun Jacob Liddle has taken out the Club’s NRL Rookie of the Year Award for 2017 at the Club’s annual Presentation Night this evening.
Playing 13 games in 2017 before suffering a shoulder injury, Liddle was eligible to win the Rookie of the Year having played less than three first-grade games before this year and narrowly beat out fellow rookies Matt Eisenhuth and Moses Suli to claim the award.
The 20-year-old hooker made his first appearance of the year in Round 4 working in tandem with Matt McIlwrick, and would go on to earn the starting role not long after.
Remarkably elusive out of dummy half, Liddle chalked up four tries and four linebreaks this year, while averaging more than 25 tackles per game in often limited game time.
Having already undergone shoulder surgery, Liddle is primed for a full pre-season under Head Coach Ivan Cleary and will head in to season 2018 as one of the most promising young players in the NRL — signed through at Wests Tigers until the end of 2019.
Wests Tigers would like to congratulate Jacob on winning the Rookie of the Year Award!
NRL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR — Jacob Liddle
Date of Birth — 27th October, 1996
Position — Hooker
Junior Club — Wyong Roos
Rep. Honours — Australian Schoolboys (2014)
NRL Debut — Wests Tigers v Canterbury-Bankstown, ANZ Stadium, 9/7/16 (Rd.18)
2016 — Josh Aloiai
2015 — Kyke Lovett
2014 — Luke Brooks
2013 — James Tedesco
2012 — Marika Koroibete, Curtis Sironen
2011 — Aaron Woods
2010 — Simon Dwyer