Perth Wildcats swingman Greg Hire has re-signed with the club for three seasons, making him the sixth Wildcat to lock in a spot on the 2013/14 roster.
Hire, who was promoted to the team’s starting five and the club’s leadership group during the 2012/13 NBL season, is excited about his next three seasons at the ‘Cats.
“It’s a privilege to play for such a successful organisation, it’s my home town, and it’s a huge relief to know I’ll be here for another three years,” said Hire.
“It’s great being West Australian and playing for the Wildcats, you get all the local fans supporting you and there’s nothing like playing for your home town. Now that Cam Tovey has retired I’m the last local, so hopefully we can get another one in the line-up.”
Hire was named the Wildcats Most Improved Player at last week’s MVP Ball, but the 25-year-old said he wants to take his game to a whole new level.
“I’ve already put a plan in place to develop over the off-season, I’ve improved over the last three years but I’m not satisfied and I believe I’ve only just touched on my potential, so I’m pretty pumped and excited for the off-season,” he said.
“I want to solidify my spot in the starting rotation and I want to make a more consistent impact in the league, not just in the odd games.”
Greg Hire’s 2012/13 season featured improvements in all statistical areas and included his first double-double effort, which he nearly converted into a rare triple-double in game one of the semi-final series against Wollongong.
The “Mayor of Wanneroo” averaged 4.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in the season just gone, with his playing minutes more than doubling from 2011/12.
Hire joins Shawn Redhage, Matt Knight, Damian Martin, Jesse Wagstaff and Everard Bartlett as signed players for the 2013/14 season.