Big Bash League: Perth Scorchers sign ex-Melbourne Stars speedster Lance Morris on multi-year deal

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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.

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“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.

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“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.

More to come.

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