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Liddle Enjoying Forward Thinking

25 August 2016

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Gary Liddle has the shackles off and already has a first Spireites goal to his name this season; the midfielder pinpointing his partnership with Jon Nolan as the reason.

Since signing from Bradford City in last season's January transfer window, Liddle has been made skipper, helped the club stave off relegation and this season started scoring, with his header against Swindon coming after another goal against Leicester City in pre-season.

"With me and Nolo (Jon Nolan) in there we have a license to go and get involved in the attacking areas," explained Liddle of his new-found freedoms. "As long as if I go Nolo stays in the middle of the pitch in on the defensive side, and vice versa.

"There have been no real restrictions on that from the manager this year, last year was a bit different, with the situation we found ourselves in.

"This year I've got a decent partnership with Nolo, we've got a good thing going if we can keep that going and maybe the two of us can score a couple more goals."

Liddle also has the enhanced responsibility of captaining the side and the midfielder spoke about the roles it sees him doing within the squad.

"I've been around the league for a while now so I've got quite a lot of experience. If I can pass that along be it in the dressing room or on the pitch then I will.

"I've just turned 30 this year, so it's something that I've got in me to have a bit of confidence and speak to people.

"It's not just me, we've got Evo (Ian Evatt), Sam Hird and plenty of players in the team that have that experience who can also be captains out there. We all have our input here, there and everywhere."

To hear Jon Nolan's side of the midfield story, pick up a copy of Saturday's matchday programme, with the incoming midfielder 'In the Spotlight' and answering your questions.

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