Swindon Supermarine have confirmed the signing of Mat Liddiard from National League side Gloucester City.
Liddiard, who can play in defence or midfield leaves the Tigers after initially returning to the club in the summer.
The news was confirmed on Marine’s social media and website earlier on today and comes within 24 hours of City naming Mike Cook as their new First Team Manager.
Swindon Supermarine Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of defender / midfielder Mat Liddiard from National League South side Gloucester City today. Mat is an experienced Southern League player… https://t.co/bokkHltC95
— Swindon Supermarine (@SupermarineFC) January 9, 2019
Liddiard first broke into the Gloucester City First Team in the 2010/11 season, making his debut away at Nuneaton before a loan spell at Bishops Cleeve. He would go on to play a total of 45 times in three different spells with fruitful transfers to Cirencester Town & Evesham United – the latter of which saw Liddiard become very prolific from the centre back position.
Liddiard’s short return was secured by then manager Marc Richards, as City actually withstood interest from Supermarine for his signature.
In the statement released on Swindon Supermarine’s website, manager Lee Spalding has given his thoughts on the transfer.
“We are bringing in another talented player in Mat and I can only see many positives to acquiring his signature. We tried to sign him in preseason but lost out to higher league side Gloucester City as he was quite rightly ambitious to play in the Conference South and that is of course our main aim for the club.
Although we just missed out in signing him in the summer, we are delighted he has now decided to join Marine. Once again, I believe Mat’s signing says a lot about our club and its ambitions. Welcome to Marine Mat.”
Liddiard has taken to Twitter to thank the Gloucester City fans and the club for their support.
I would like to thank everyone @GCAFCofficial for all the support and for everything they have done for me. Wasn’t an easy decision. Will always look to be apart of the club in one way or another
— mathew liddiard (@matliddiard) January 9, 2019
Liddiard’s departure leaves the Tigers with only 12 registered players. including player/coach Mike Green. It is expected that City fans are to see new faces over the coming weeks as the Tigers look to avoid the drop from the National League.
Gloucester City host Hungerford Town in the National League South on Saturday 12th January at the Jubilee Stadium, kick off 15:00