WA prod­uct Vague signs two-year deal with Cats

The West Australian - - SPORT - Craig O’Donoghue

Perth Wild­cats for­ward Rhys Vague hopes he can in­spire young­sters through­out WA af­ter sign­ing a two-year deal with the club yes­ter­day.

Vague grew up in Kardinya and spent four sea­sons with the Wild­cats as a devel­op­ment player.

He fol­lows in the foot­steps of vice-cap­tain Greg Hire, who also started his ca­reer as a WA devel­op­ment player be­fore be­ing el­e­vated to the main ros­ter.

Vague said Hire, a mul­ti­ple cham­pi­onship-win­ning player, had shown it was pos­si­ble to rise through the ranks.

“Greg was that role model for me,” he said. “I hope that in the fu­ture, that’s how peo­ple see me.

“The way I see it, if you do the hard yards and you’re good enough, you are go­ing to get no­ticed. They will find you.

“Young WA bas­ket­ballers grow up watch­ing the Wild­cats and want­ing to play for them.

“It’s pretty sur­real to ac­tu­ally do that, but I feel very ready.”

The 204cm Vague is spend­ing the off-sea­son play­ing in Victoria, but said his on-court ex­po­sure dur­ing the re­cent NBL sea­son taught him he was good enough to have an im­pact.

“I was com­ing into games think­ing I could play at that level,” Vague said.

“I had that con­fi­dence and it helped know­ing the coaches had con­fi­dence in me too.”

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