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Gleeson signs new three-year 'Cats deal

The Perth Wildcats have re-signed two-time Championship Head Coach, Trevor Gleeson.

The new contract will see Gleeson remain at the helm of the Wildcats for the next three seasons.

He’s happy to have put pen to paper.

“It’s good to be able to keep building on what we’ve already put together here at the Wildcats. We’ve got a culture of excellence and I’m excited to build on that over the next three years. It’s an exciting time,” he said.

“You don’t look back on what you’ve achieved very often, but it’s been a very enjoyable time at the Wildcats so far.

“The two championships I’ve been a part of, I’ve been fortunate to have great players on the court and great support in the front office.

“The biggest part for me is creating that culture of hard work and high performance. We’re still striving to improve every day.

“This is the best organisation I’ve ever been a part of. It’s fantastic to go to a game where you get 12 or 13 thousand at the Arena.

“It’s something you don’t get anywhere else and we hope to be here for a long time.”

Trevor Gleeson was appointed Perth Wildcats head coach in 2013.

He made a big impact instantly, signing NBA Draft pick James Ennis – a move that changed the landscape of the NBL in seasons to come.

Expectations of players, particularly American imports, have increased significantly as a result.

Gleeson took the Wildcats to the 2014 Championship in his first season at the club.

Just two seasons later, in the recent 2015/16 campaign, Gleeson became the first coach in the Wildcats’ 34-year history to win two Championships with the club.

Since taking over at the Wildcats he has a winning rate of 65 per cent.

His new three-year deal will see him become one of Perth’s longest serving coaches – equal with 2000 Championship coach Alan Black.

Since winning the 2016 title in March, Gleeson has already been on one scouting tour of the US where he attended the Portsmoth Invitational Tournament in Virginia.

He also spent time with the Philadelphia 76ers coaching staff.

Trevor Gleeson is also an assistant coach with the Australian Boomers and will be travelling to the Rio Olympic Games in August.

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