Copperfield ready to work his magic

Young blood: Youngest team player Scott Copperfield says he's on a learning curve. Picture: Geoff Jones

Young blood: Youngest team player Scott Copperfield says he's on a learning curve. Picture: Geoff Jones

A LOT will rest on the young shoulders of Parramatta speedster Scott Copperfield as the grade cricket season approaches.

And if awards are anything to go by, he's the best man to rely on.

The youngest player in the first grade squad was recently named Player of the Year for 2013/14 at the club's presentation on the back of 565 runs and 43 wickets.

The opening bowler was returning after three interrupted seasons with stress fractures in his back and ribs.

"It was a bit of a shock, but I was pretty happy with it," Copperfield said.

"It was my first full season in three years, so I was just happy to get through the season."

Despite being the youngest in the squad at 20, the Castle Hill resident said the environment of the side made it easy to adapt.

"They're a bunch of good guys and being the youngest, they look after you," he said.

"We've got a bit of a new side this year, but we'll still be expecting to make the finals of the shorter versions of the game and get to the top-six in the two-day competition."

The goals are simple for Copperfield, who has also represented NSW under-19s: take more wickets and score more runs.

And his confidence with the bat is still high after his unbeaten 97 in the final game of the 2013/14 season against Fairfield-Liverpool.

"I learnt a lot about myself during that innings," he said.

"I had to tough it out early on a tricky deck and I learnt about how to be patient . . . "I want to take more wickets and possibly move up the order to No. 6."

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