Perth Wildcats swingman Cameron Tovey has announced his retirement from basketball, effective following the 2013 finals series.
Tovey has spent eight seasons in the NBL with three different clubs, and has so far played 241 games, 107 of those with the Wildcats.
The 27-year-old says it was a tough decision, but one he has put a lot of thought into.
“Obviously the body has been an issue this year, and there is a lot of work required to get it back to a position where it can play at an elite level, and a lot of training required to get back to being a really good contributor,” Tovey said.
“This will take a lot of effort and a lot of time and I don’t think I have the drive or motivation to do that, and I think it’s the right time for me to move on.”
Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge says he’s very proud of his player.
“He’s gotten to a point in his career where he’s given his heart and soul, body, blood sweat and tears, it’s just the way we are at the Perth Wildcats, nothing but 100 per cent for everything, and I guess he just feels he can’t give that anymore. I admire him for choosing to go out on his own terms,” he said.
“We would not be successful without a Cameron Tovey, his stats show nothing of what he can contribute to a team – the effort areas, the steals, the rebounds and the deflections, everything he does are unsung things, and that’s something I’m proud of.”
The Perth boy joined the Wildcats in 2005 as a 20-year-old, before moving to the Sydney Kings for the next two seasons where he played in the 2008 grand final series.
He then spent two years at the Townsville Crocodiles before returning to his hometown team for the 2010/11 season.
He played in the 2012 grand final but is yet to win a championship ring. He hopes to change that in this year’s finals series.
“Hopefully my career highlight is yet to come! But, being part of a group like the ‘Cats is now, and being part of some other groups is what has made my career. The camaraderie, the teamwork, that’s what’s made this all worth while and I’ve been very fortunate.”
In his 241 games so far, Tovey has averaged 5.6 points per game at 42.6 per cent from the field. He’s also averaged 3.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.8 steals on his way to becoming known as an all-round workhorse on the court.