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Perth Wildcats welcome back Jeremiah Trueman
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 01:53:29 PM

The Perth Wildcats have signed former ‘Cat Jeremiah Trueman as an injury replacement player for Matt Knight.

The NBL and FIBA Oceania approved the signing this morning.

This means Trueman will be contracted to the club for as long as Knight is sidelined while recovering from serious concussion – which is expected to be for at least the next three games.

The New Zealander played 71 games for the Wildcats from 2011 – 2013, and the 203cm centre is happy to be back.

“Definitely excited to be playing, very surprised to get the call from managing director Nick Marvin and surprised that it was actually a possibility, and I’m very excited to be here,” said Trueman.

“I feel pretty good, I had a few good training sessions, I’ll be going out there to do the job that I’ve done for the last three or four years, I think I can do that and I’m looking forward to it.”

The 26-year-old began the 2013/14 NBL season with the NZ Breakers, before they let him go to make room for import Gary Wilkinson.

He has since been working out with the Manawatu Jets in the New Zealand NBL, and Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson said his strength and hustle will be a welcome addition to the line-up in Knight’s absence.

“JT is a very hard worker who brings energy to the team and the guys who have played with him spoke very highly of him as a teammate,” he said.

“We need that bit of extra muscle with Matty (Knight) out, so Jeremiah will come off the bench and help support Tom Jervis.”

In 2012/13 Jeremiah Trueman played in all 32 Wildcats games, averaging 3.2 points at an impressive 64.5 per cent from the field, while grabbing 1.8 rebounds per game.

He will play on Friday against the Melbourne Tigers at Perth Arena. Tickets available HERE.