Lance Morris revealed he always wanted to come home and play for the Perth Scorchers after signing a two-year deal for the Big Bash League powerhouse.
The Dunsborough-bred speedster has been part of the WACA setup for several years but spent the past three BBL tournaments at the Melbourne Stars, the first as an injury-replacement player and the next couple on a full contract.
The 23-year-old made his debut in a Melbourne Derby at Marvel Stadium in January, 2020, breaking State teammate Shaun Marsh’s bat, and went on to play seven matches in for the men in green.
“It was always in the works that I was going to come back to WA eventually,” Morris told The West Australian.
“Initially I went over to the Melbourne Stars and that was a really good experience and I learned a lot but I think I always wanted to come back to Perth and play for the Scorchers at some stage.
“I felt like a grew a lot as a player during my time at the Stars, especially playing with the likes of Dale Steyn, Nathan Coulter-Nile. Just being in the same changerooms as those guys was really beneficial and even playing in front of crowds.”
Morris was excited to play in front of a home crowd at Optus Stadium after missing his chance to feature as an away player in BBL09 because of a hand injury.
“I still haven’t played a genuine game at Optus, I’ve done centre-wicket net sessions but that’s about it so it will be pretty exciting to play out there,” he said.
“The day before we played against the Scorchers in BBL09, I think I was a sniff of playing but I split the webbing in my finger so it was pretty devastated that I couldn’t play.”
Morris becomes the second player to cross from a Melbourne-based BBL franchise to the Scorchers since the signing embargo lifted last month after Melbourne Renegades spinner Peter Hatzoglou.
The right-arm tearaway will join Australian limited-overs regulars Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson in a star-studded pace attack, but knows he may have to bide his time for a spot in the XI.
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