When Shawn Redhage announced his retirement in January, it would have take a brave soul to predict his last act as Wildcat would be cutting down the net at Perth Arena.
At that time, the Wildcats were sitting on a shaky record of 12 wins and 12 losses and were sitting outside of the top-four.
Missing the finals for the first time in 31 years seemed like a real possibility.
However, the next 10 days, an inspired Perth Wildcats side took to the court – only losing once and finishing the season on a seven-game streak.
The run of form came at the perfect time, as the Wildcats surged towards the 2017 title, and Shawn Redhage’s final game would see him become a four-time championship player.
Add that to his six club MVP awards, and there’s little doubt that he is one of the greatest Wildcats of all-time.
“It’s been pure joy, the emotion might hit me later on down the track but to win a championship, I couldn’t ask for a better end to my career,” he said.
“To win one is special, to win a few with this group is going to be something that we’ll all remember and it will bind us for life.
“There’s a lot of great things to being a professional sportsman, but just that comradery with the guys, even though you have to travel all the way to New Zealand sometimes, it’s a long way to fly, but just that comradery you build throughout the season.
“I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to share this with.”
Shawn Redhage finishes his illustrious NBL career with 393 games to his name – 380 with the Perth Wildcats (second on the club’s all-time games-played list).
He scored 5,819 points and grabbed 2,153 rebounds.
His four titles came in 2010, 2014, 2016 and 2017.