Neil Liddiard to stay with Wildcats in last season before retirement

By Barrie Hudson - 25 May 2021

Sport

Neil Liddiard has signed to stay with the Bespoke Guardians Swindon Wildcats until the end of the 21/22 NIHL Season. 

  • Neil Liddiard is heading into his 29th professional campaign

    Neil Liddiard is heading into his 29th professional campaign

It will be his final season playing for the Wildcats as the 43-year-old has decided to retire at the end of the campaign.

Heading into what will be his 29th professional campaign, Lidds will once again be a crucial part of the Wildcats defensive core and joins Stevie Whitfield on the blue-line for 21/22. 

His career began in the 1993-94 season, icing in 28 games for the Wildcats in the BD1 league.

Neil has become a stalwart of British ice hockey, finding success in 14 trophies at a domestic level and winning silver and bronze medals in two of his five senior GB tournaments. 

In these tournaments he iced 25 times for his country in World Championships and Olympic Qualifying campaigns.

Since returning to Swindon in the summer of 2015 from the Guildford Flames, Lidds has gone on to ice in 287 games for the Wildcats and must have blocked thousands of shots in that time.

Speaking after confirming one more year for his #44, Head Coach Aaron Nell said: "Having Neil back for one more year is great for the team. 

"He’s given so much to ice hockey in the UK and the fact he’s still playing as well as he is, considering he’s 43, is incredible. He has achieved so much in his career and has been a vital part of our locker-room since coming back 6 years ago.

"We want to challenge for trophies and titles every season, but the fact this will be Lidds’ final season playing the game will make the team want to win that little bit more. We want Lidds to enjoy every second of his final season and I’m sure there will plenty of fans wanting to wish him the best.

"For now, though, he is already eager to get going and is counting down the days until he gets back onto the ice. 

"It’s great to have Neil back for another year and I hope he has the most enjoyable season of his career!"

The team's website, swindonwildcats.com, has all the latest Wildcats news.

For the 21/22 season Neil will also be sponsored by Face2FaceHR a company which provides tailored HR solutions for small to medium-sized businesses. 

In Swindon its consultant is Rachel Weaven a HR professional with over 15 years’ experience. More information can be found at https://face2facehr.com/hr-consultant-swindon/  

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