A NIRRANDA export who holds dreams of playing for Victoria says a focus on "being better for longer" is paying dividends.
All-rounder Brody Couch is honing his craft under another former Knight - Tim Ludeman - at Geelong Cricket Club.
Former Dennington star Matt Gunther is also helping to guide Couch's development.
The 20-year-old's hard work is paying off.
Couch claimed a three-wicket haul against Frankston Peninsula on Saturday - his sixth multiple-wicket haul of the campaign.
I've always tried to aspire to the highest level possible.Brody Couch
Couch, whose father Corey captains Grassmere, has 14 first-grade scalps to date.
"I think it's my third season now. I'm a bit more experienced and us younger fellas are starting to feel comfortable," he said.
"So I'm feeling better in that regard. We're a pretty good group of mates, a lot of us being country boys, so it's been really good."
Couch's rise has run alongside a close mate - Woodford export Tommy Jackson - and the duo will take another step towards state-level cricket on Sunday.
The pair will travel to Brisbane for a 'Futures League' tournament - another stepping stone towards a Victorian cap.
"The next few weeks are really busy - there's a few really important premier cricket games against Carlton and Essendon that are pretty crucial to our finals chances," Couch said.
"Then we're up in Brisbane. It's with the Futures League and it's a Twenty20 tournament, which should be good.
"We'll be playing two Twenty20s per day. I'm really looking forward to that challenge."
Both Couch and Jackson are knocking on the door of Victorian selectors.
That goal is driving more improvement in their game.
"I've always tried to aspire to the highest level possible," Couch told The Standard.
"The Futures League games are going to give me another taste of that next week and it's another stepping stone to hopefully get as far as I can.
"Being around that atmosphere, professional players and coaches just motivates you to work harder and harder on your game.
"We talk a lot about being better for longer at Geelong. Working on that consistency is what I need to do."
While his own game is turning heads, Couch is relishing the chance to watch Jackson stake his claim as one of the competition's best batsman.
Jackson blasted his fifth Victorian Premier Cricket ton on Saturday.
"He's also starting to feel a lot more comfortable at the level as well and he works hard so it's great to see him do well," Couch said.
"I'm sure he has bigger things coming up and he's come on leaps and bounds."
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