Wests Tigers young gun hooker Jacob Liddle says he feels incredibly honoured and excited to be named the Club's Rookie of the Year after his first full season in the NRL.
Coming in to the season in fierce competition with Matt Ballin and Matt McIlwrick for time in the middle, Liddle relished the opportunities afforded to him throughout the year — featuring as the Club's starting hooker before picking up a season-ending shoulder injury.
With one surgery done and the other shoulder scheduled in for early next week (allowing him to return ready for season 2018), Liddle reflected on how season 2017 had been for him.
"It's been a massive year for me," he said.
"I wasn't expecting it coming in to this season — I was just wanting to get a big pre-season under my belt but the coaching staff gave me the opportunity and I've tried to embrace it.
"I'm really thankful for the opportunity they've given me.
"I couldn't have asked for anything more — I didn't expect to have the chance I have.
"The way Ivan is going with the Club is really exciting," he added.
"All the new signings and new faces coming in should be really good."
See what Jacob Liddle had to say in full about being named the 2017 Rookie of the Year!