Is Liddiard set for Gloucestershire return after leaving Swindon Supermarine?


Mat Liddiard could be set for a return to Gloucestershire football after Swindon Supermarine announced he was to depart the club.

In a social media post on Monday night and subsequent update on the club’s website on Tuesday morning, Supermarine said that Liddiard would leave the club “after failing to reach an agreement, after talks, ahead of 2024/25 season.”

Liddiard, who came through the Gloucester City youth setup, has appeared for Bishops Cleeve, Cirencester Town and Evesham United as well as the Tigers – and he will be sure to be sought after.

Severn Sport understands that Bishops Cleeve are the front-runners for Liddiard’s services for the 2024/25 season, with Liddiard playing a crucial role in Collicutt’s then Evesham side who made the play-offs in the 2017/18 season.

Liddiard played in the centre of defence and midfield during the season, scoring 21 goals along the way, before re-joining the Tigers for the 2018/19 National League South season – although he would leave City for Supermarine in the January of that season.

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But following Gloucester’s relegation to the Southern League was confirmed by their allocation in the 2024/25 Southern League Premier South division last week, Liddiard could easily be attracting interest from another of his former sides.

Mike Cook admitted at the close of the 2023/24 season that City will need to make sure their summer recruitment has to be much better, saying on the Buttee’s For Breakfast show, that if the club do not get the budget right then it could be catastrophic.

City have announced that three of Liddiard’s teammates from his last stint at the club, Spencer Hamilton, Joey Parker and Joe Hanks, were staying at the TigerTurf Stadium and is there a chance Liddiard could join them?

City fans will be under no illusions that Bishops Cleeve turned up at the TigerTurf Stadium in April and outplayed their hosts in the County Cup final, and with now only one league between the two sides, the Mitres might fancy their chances when competing for players.

Gloucester have teased on social media that new signings are coming soon, with all eyes on this summer’s signings for the club. For now, we all wait.

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