Simon Mackin has had limited opportunities for Western Australia so far, but the 20 year old has shown enough promise for selectors to reward him with a Rookie contract for the 2013/14 season.
Mackin was the recipient of the 2012-13 WA Cricket Media Guild Player of the Future award after taking 38 wickets in 14 games for local side Willetton.
The fast-bowler showed tremendous fitness levels to play three T20 games in as many days for the Western Australian under-23 side.
After finishing wicketless against Victoria, Mackin showcased his talents with an impressive 2/23 against the Australian Centre of Excellence side.
He finished the Melbourne based tournament with figures of 1/13 against Tasmania. His economy throughout the carnival was miserly, while his wicket taking ability made him one of the standout bowlers during the event.
Mackin only managed one match for Western Australia in the next two years. When the side travelled to Adelaide in 2011, Mackin was the go-to-man with the ball. He snared 3/62 in the first innings to constantly leave the Redbacks on the back foot.
The youngster returned to the junior state side in January 2013 to take on the Bushrangers. Mackin didn’t hit any great heights with the ball, finishing with match figures of 0/89. He did show some resilience with bat in hand, scoring 11* and 9.
With plenty of competition for places in the youthful Western Australian side, Mackin will need to produce a couple of consistent seasons in both grade and under-23 cricket if he wants to make his senior debut. He has already shown that he can perform, but selectors will want to see more of him before they throw him in the deep end.