The Perth Wildcats have re-signed championship vice-captain Greg Hire.
The popular West Aussie will remain a Wildcat for at least two more seasons.
Hire, a product of the Wanneroo/Joondalup basketball program, earned his first Wildcats contract in 2011 and has been a crucial part of the team structure ever since.
He’s thrilled to be continuing his basketball journey in his hometown.
“I’m extremely grateful to this club for giving me my first opportunity, and I’d love to remain a one-club player. It’s humbling to know the organisation still believes in me and trusts me,” said Hire.
“One motivating factor for me is to show there is a pathway for WA kids to reach the highest level of basketball in this part of the world.
“As a team, going back-to-back would be a great accomplishment, and while we’ve lost a couple of key guys, that bit of adversity will only motivate this team to rise to the occasion. There’s plenty of hunger left in this group.”
Greg Hire is a two-time NBL Champion with the Perth Wildcats, picking up rings in 2014 and the recent 2016 season.
He’s also part of the Wildcats defeated Grand Final sides of 2012 and 2013 and semi-final side of 2015.
The 28-year-old has played 154 games for the Wildcats, making him the 19th most-capped player in the club’s 34-year history.
Perth Wildcats assistant coach Jamie O’Loughlan said his energy, passion and selflessness are critical to the team.
“Greg’s one of the leaders and he brings a lot of experience. He’s been with us for two championships and he knows what it takes to win. He’s a very important player to our group,” he said.
“He’s a guy that contributes in many ways and in many roles. We can put him in at a guard spot or a forward spot, against a quick player or a post player. He can turn the tables and win those contests.
“He’s a bit of a Mr. Fix-It for us.”
Greg Hire played every game of the Perth Wildcats 2015/16 season, averaging 3.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.
He grabbed 11 rebounds and scored 13 points in his season-best night against Illawarra in October.
Hire joins Damian Martin, Matt Knight, Jesse Wagstaff, Jarrod Kenny and new recruit Angus Brandt on the 2016/17 Perth Wildcats playing roster.