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Wildcats Look Abroad for Kay Replacement
The Perth Wildcats will set their sights on an import power forward to fill the role left by Nick Kay who opted out of his contract earlier this year.
Head Coach Trevor Gleeson told Wildcats.com.au that based on what was available in free agency, they would likely need to look at an import player.
“It will be a major role for us. Nick’s (Kay) are big shoes to fill. With what’s available, we’re thinking we’ll have to fill it out with an import spot,” he said.
The move will mean that Clint Steindl could be the beneficiary of a spot in the starting five, with two imports in NBL21 and one spot already filled by League MVP Bryce Cotton.
“He can quite easy fill that (small forward) position, so we’ll see how we go, but our first priority is to get a big locked away,” said Gleeson.
“There’s a few good players here that we can play a bit smaller and quicker, or we can go with Clint with his shooting.
“We also have to allow room for Wani and Luke to develop.”
Gleeson is excited about what the Wildcats will put on the floor this season, with a mix of experience and youth coming through the ranks in Perth.
“It’s great to have Bryce and Mitch and Jesse, Clint, Jook (Majok). We’ve got experienced guys who have been there and we’ve got the young fellas Wani and Luke Travers as a DP,” he said.
“It’s exciting where the future is headed and now we’ve just got to add some pieces that will compliment what we already have.”