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Damian Martin to build legacy in Perth

The Perth Wildcats have locked in the services of championship captain Damian Martin for the next three seasons. The contract extension will see Martin remain a Wildcat till at least the end of the 2018/19 NBL season. The three-time championship player is excited to have put pen to paper. “I’m certainly happy in the knowledge that I’ve got three more years to look forward to as a Wildcat. To play 10 odd years with the one club is something I’m very proud of, particularly to do so here with Perth,” said Martin. “My goal over the next three years is to become a better leader and win as many championships as possible. I’ve been with the core group of players for a long time now and I thoroughly enjoy it, so I want the most for that group. “We play the game because we’re competitors and I’d love to go back-to-back this year, simply because I want to be on another championship-winning side at the end of the season. Damian Martin has played 205 games for the Perth Wildcats, making him the club’s tenth most-capped player in its history. The contract extension will make the popular point guard a 10-year Wildcat. Martin joined the Perth Wildcats in 2009 and in his first season became a championship player. He was made sole captain of the club in 2013 and led the team to two more championships in 2014 and 2016. The 31-year-old has been named the NBL’s Best Defensive Player a record five times, from 2011-2015. “He’s inspirational. He’s scores points on the defensive end and to have Damo locked up for the next three years is fantastic,” said coach Trevor Gleeson. “His work ethic on the court is huge, he never rests. He’s selfless and has a willingness to raise the intensity and that’s what you need from a leader – to lead from the front. “He’s our engine room and when he gets going, he brings everybody else along with him.” In the recent 2015/16 championship season, Martin overcame serious injuries to average 5.3 points, 3.3 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. He added to his long list of accolades by being named Grand Final MVP. Damian Martin is currently one of 17 players in the Australian Boomers Olympic squad, which will be cut down to 12 before the Rio Games in August.
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