Michael Liddle signs permanent deal at Accrington Stanley
Former Republic of Ireland defender Michael Liddle has moved from Sunderland to Accrington Stanley for an undisclosed fee.
Hounslow-born Liddle qualifies for Ireland through his mother and lined out for the Boys in Green at u18, u19, and u21 level. The 22-year-old played for Stanley on loan from the Stadium of Light last season, impressing boss Paul Cook enough to seal a permanent transfer to the Crown Ground. “I enjoyed my loan last year and I knew that all I wanted to do this season was get out and play first team football,” Liddle told the club’s official website. “When I realised that I wasn’t going to get a chance at Sunderland my first thought was to try to get back to Accrington. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to get onto getting back here as soon as I could.
“I didn’t think about it for a minute! A lot of people have said to me that it’s a step back but sometimes you’ve got to take a step back to go forward. And for me it’s not even a step back. From the reserves this is a step forward and it was an easy decision.”
Former Sligo Rovers manager Cook praised Liddle’s versatility on Stanley’s official website. “We’re delighted to get Michael,” said Cook. “We can’t speak highly enough of the lad. We brought him in to play left back for us last year but because of injury and suspension he was forced to play centre half and in midfield.
“We’re convinced that he can come in and step into Kevin McIntyre’s shoes at left back and I’m sure he’ll go on to have a great career with the club.”