While watching Coburg’s Andrew Horne the Panthers took a liking to Nick Liddle. At a meeting with Horne late in the 2009 season, Andrew suggested a team mate was potentially interested in playing in the SANFL. The Panthers pounced, with Liddle signing with the Club at the end of Coburg’s 2009 season.
Liddle started his football at Mitcham in the Eastern Football League in Melbourne. He played TAC Cup with Eastern Ranges in 2005, but was told he was too small to perhaps make it at the next level and returned to Mitcham. Then former Mitcham Coach Andrew Collins invited Liddle to Coburg.
He took out the Coburg Reserves B&F in 2007, added Senior Most Improved in 2008, and then the Coburg Senior B&F in 2009.
Instantly the diminutive red head made an impression in the 2010 season at South Adelaide. Liddle managed to play all 20 games kicking 9 goals, with three coming in a lone hand performance in the round 10 loss to Central Districts.
Liddle featured in the best players on 12 occasions and was considered the Panthers best on eight of those. He averaged 22 disposals for the year, but another feature was his ferocious tackling. His performances didn’t go unnoticed as with each passing week he received a little more attention from opposition team.
The accolades certainly came at the conclusion of the year as Liddle made the Advertiser Team of the Year and was honored by taking out South Adelaide’s Knuckey Cup. He was added to the Panthers leadership group and spent a short period at the conclusion of 2010 season training at Port Power in the hope of winning a spot on their list. Nick was added to the Leadership Group during the season.
After a full pre-season at the Panthers the 23 year old Liddle enters the 2011 season primed for a big year.
Liddle also contributed to the Club’s community programs in 2010 by being a significant part, along with Xavier Gotch, of the Panther’s Be Your Best program in southern zone primary schools.
2nd Knuckey Cup 2012
1st Knuckey Cup 2010
SAFC Players Award 2010
SANFL Advertiser Team of the Year 2010
Coburg B&F 2009
Coburg Senior Most Improved 2008
Coburg Reserves B&F 2007