Flames hire Cats star in bid for title
PERTH Wildcats vice-captain Greg Hire has signed to play for the Rockingham Flames in the State Basketball League this season.
Hire’s signing is a big coup for the Flames and a big change for the man himself, who is known as “The Mayor of Wanneroo” after developing his game and career with the Wanneroo Basketball Association’s Joondalup Wolves.
He knows his leadership and experience will be valuable to his new teammates.
“I will be using my experience and influence I’ve learnt throughout my career on some of these younger guys, but more so looking forward to working with the coaching staff in the pursuit of championship success,” Hire said.
“I’ve always enjoyed playing at The Hothouse and have fond memories of playing against club stalwarts Travis Moore and Jarryd Griffin, who I regard as one of the toughest competitors.
“The club, its members, and players like Jar, deserve to taste success and I’m eager to help this club grow and reach their goals.”
The WA product, who has played more than 200 NBL games, will join the Flames at the end of the NBL season.
He joins a young and talented group that narrowly missed the play-offs last year and is looking to take a step towards the ultimate success in 2018.
Flames head coach Brad Samuelson said his new recruit would take the squad’s leadership to a different level alongside Griffin and team captain Ryan Godfrey.
“Greg provides and element of competitiveness and relentlessness that lots of our group hasn’t been exposed to,” Samuelson said.
“To add a guy of Greg’s experience, who possesses so many winning qualities, is a very exciting time for our young group.
“We have the potential to develop into a team that constantly competes for a championship and this only helps that and lifts our ceiling higher.”
Hire will play an important role in mentoring younger local players who will be bolstered by the return of Callum Beard, who has finished his time at the Basketball Centre of Excellence in Canberra.
The men’s and women’s season starts on March 16 with a home game opener against Stirling.
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Greg Hire will boost Rockingham Flames’ SBL title bid this season.