WA product Vague signs two-year deal with Cats
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.”