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Norton joining Kay at Perth

PERTH Wildcats announced securing Boomers power forward Nick Kay today and it won’t be too long before his former Hawks and Crocs partner-in-crime, Mitch Norton, also is confirmed as heading West.

(So Wildcats fans tearing up social media with the “what are WE doing?” jazz, patience was all you required. As if Perth was going to sit still after being swept in the semis!)

Kay, 25 and a 206cm power forward, will team up with FIBA Asia Cup and Commonwealth Games Gold Medal-winning teammate Angus Brandt as a terrific Aussie one-two frontcourt combination.

Originally recruiting Hugh Greenwood out of college to be part of the “changing of the guard” as Damian Martin headed into the twilight of his stellar career, the Wildcats suffered a savage setback when he opted for AFL with the Adelaide Crows.

But by recruiting Norton, Perth again can kick the succession-plan back into action as the talented playmaker will be a huge “get”.

Kay and Norton played together for Shawn Dennis at Townsville, moved on to Illawarra Hawks under Rob Beveridge and now will hear the chants of the Red Army as Wildcats.

They both are coming off the Comm Games Gold Medal win alongside Wildcats Brandt, Martin and Jesse Wagstaff, with Lucas Walker’s future again back in limbo.

“He’s had an exceptional couple of years. He plays like a man. He’s strong, he’s physical, he can score, he has a high work-rate. He plays that up-tempo game that we like to play,” Perth coach Trevor Gleeson said of Kay (above) today in the formal release.

Both regional teams, with Mike Kelly at the helm now in Cairns, will need to find high quality imports to stay competitive in 2018-19, the Kay-Norton combination to Perth a huge wrench for Illawarra.

HARRY Froling unofficially helped make it official today – we already forewarned you here and here – that he will be wearing Adelaide 36ers colours in 2018-19 and beyond.

The 208cm forward’s goal though remains firmly to crack the NBA, a path the 36ers believe they can help him along.

Jack McVeigh’s recruitment by Adelaide also soon should be made public, Jason Cadee’s switch to Brisbane Bullets already also foreshadowed here on Monday.

Expect Sydney Kings to announce securing Tom Wilson anytime soon.

Apr 20

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