Koppe for that: Damien finds it difficult at Tigers

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SHEFFIELD reserve Damien Koppe admits he wasn’t prepared for just how tough his debut Premier League season would be.

The Aussie endured a difficult start to the 2013 season but his last two meetings yielded 20 points. Koppe said: “I didn’t realise just how tough it would be. I knew it’d be hard, but until you get over here you never know how hard. I was going to places for the first time and it takes some getting used to, and even halfway through the season now I’ve still not been to a few tracks.

“We haven’t done many of the northern tracks yet, so when we do I’m going to have to figure them out pretty quickly. It’s a huge learning curve, but I’m enjoying it.”

Koppe has been praised by his captain Simon Stead, who is impressed at his recent turnaround in form.

He said: “Damien has worked extremely hard and he’s getting his rewards now, his last two performances have been excellent and we’ve needed them.

“It’s tough coming in to a new league when you don’t know most of the away tracks, and they are so different in the Premier League, but he’s showed that he’s learning. It’s great to see him banging some points in and hopefully it carries on and we get some results!”

Tigers continue their Premier League campaign against a strongly fancied Somerset side at Owlerton this Thursday (7.45).