Wagstaff to lead Wildcats

Jesse Wagstaff has been announced as the ninth Perth Wildcats skipper replacing Damian Martin.

Wagstaff was chosen by his peers during a team vote on their recent pre-season trip to Brisbane.

The NBL champion said it was an honour to captain the club.

“I stepped foot into the club 12 years ago. You never dream you’ll be at the same club for this long let alone captain it. It’s a huge honour and I’ll do my best in keeping the legacy alive,” Wagstaff said.

“This year’s already shaping up to be highly unique. It’ll be about keeping everyone level-headed and adaptable, things are going to change and change quite quickly. So being adaptable and rolling with the punches is going to be huge this season.

“I’m a simple person, but if I see something I’ll say it. Norto (Mitch Norton) is similar in that way as well. I don’t think too much is going to change for me, we’ve got guys that have been around for a while, so there’s plenty of well-respected voices and I encourage guys to speak up.”

Mitch Norton was named vice-captain.

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