GARY Liddle admits he has no regrets over his decision to quit Hartlepool United 12 months ago.
While the man who made more than 250 appearances for Pools has gone on to amass a record four player-of-the-season trophies with new club Notts County, his old team-mates have lost their League One status following a disastrous campaign.
While saddened by the fate of his former club, Liddle says the time was right to exit Victoria Park, conceding he had gone “stale” in his final season.
That, however, is in stark contrast to the past nine months at Meadow Lane where, breaking a 35-year-old record, he appeared in every minute of every match during the course of the league season.
And the 26-year-old told SportMail today: “It’s sad to see what has happened with Pools this season.
“I’ve been on holiday with a few of the lads recently and, believe me, they are gutted with how things went this year.
“But, for me personally, I have no regrets at all at deciding to leave when I did.
“If I’m being honest I had gone stale and my performances over my last year at the club proved that.
“I was at the right age to try something new and I have benefited massively from doing that.
“My time at Pools was brilliant for me and I owe them so much, but the time was right to leave and I think the past year has shown it was the right decision.”
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