Flames hire Cats star in bid for ti­tle

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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.

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