THE Perth Wildcats have signed 13-year-old guard Ethan Wyllie on a special two-day contract.
Coach Trevor Gleeson called for an impromptu press conference this afternoon to make the surprise announcement.
“It gives me great pleasure today to announce we’ve got a new signing at the Wildcats,” he said.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Ethan into the Wildcats family.”
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He said the talented youngster impressed at training on Wednesday.
“I don’t think too many players have taken Angus (Brandt) to the cleaners on the post, so I was quite impressed to look and see on his first basket he’s schooling the older boys.”
Ethan said it’s a dream come true to pull on a red Wildcats jersey.
“It’s just crazy that I get to be signed up by my dream team, it’s crazy,” he said.
“I’ve been following Mason Bragg, he played in Burnie, I grew up watching him, so I decided to go for the Wildcats.
“I started playing myself when I was 10 for the Burnie Tigers. I had to break for a few years to have operations and I’ve just come back.”
Ethan was born with a club foot, and all-up has spent years of his life in hospitals, enduring in-excess of 20 operations in his short life.
He will face additional treatment and procedures until he stops growing at approximately the age of 24.
His opportunity to become a Wildcat was provided by the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Ethan will run out onto the Perth Arena floor on Friday night alongside his new Perth Wildcats teammates ahead of the game against the Sydney Kings.