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Wildcats complete roster with Kenny

The Perth Wildcats has completed its 2015/16 roster, signing point guard Jarrod Kenny.

 Kenny, 29, is a New Zealander who recently represented the Tall Blacks at the FIBA Oceania Championships.

He stands at 188cm, weighs 87kg and while this will be his debut NBL season, he brings with him 13 years of New Zealand National Basketball League experience.

“I’m very excited to sign my first NBL contract with such a strong organisation like the Perth Wildcats,” said Kenny.

“I’m a very hard-working player but really I’m here to do whatever the team asks of me. I’m going to do my best to make life difficult for the opposition to give us the best shot at having a successful season.”

Kenny played with the Harbour Heat from 2002 to 2008 before signing with the Hawke’s Bay Hawks in 2009, where he became one of the NZ NBL’s best point guards.

 In the 2015 season he averaged an impressive 6.3 assists per game to go with 10.3 points, 1.3 steals and 2.8 rebounds.

At August’s FIBA Oceania Championships, Kenny was one of New Zealand’s best in game one of series, scoring 12 points on the big stage, including three of five triples.

 Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson said he’ll slot into his roster nicely.

“We had a position open among the guards, where we felt we were a little light-on, and Jarrod Kenny is a very good defender, he’s tough and strong and knows how to run the team. I’ve had the added benefit of coaching against him at the FIBA Oceania Championships, and this is a good get for us,” said Gleeson.

“I’m pretty happy that we can get a player of his calibre at this late stage. He and Damian Martin tag-teaming in the back court will allow us to apply intense defensive pressure for 40 minutes.”

He said it’s nice to finally have ten contracted players to work with.

“Five weeks to go, so all we need now is to get them all here working at once. It’s good to finally get locked away and we can really start moving towards our first game against Adelaide,” he said

“We got thrown a curveball during the off-season, but very pleased to now have Nate (Jawai) and Jarrod. I’m really happy with where we are, now we’ve just got to put our tail down, start working and look forward to a tough season”

The Perth Wildcats have its first pre-season hit-out tonight against a Joondalup Wolves Select team from WA's state basketball league, and Jarrod Kenny will be playing.

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