Wildcats add axed Breakers big man Trueman

MARC HINTON
Last updated 16:56 23/01/2014
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FLYING JET: Jeremiah Trueman scores from close range.

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The Breakers may not want him, but former Tall Black Jeremiah Trueman has been snapped up by the Australian NBL's best team.

Trueman has been confirmed as an injury replacement player for the league-leading Perth Wildcats, where he will fill in for the concussed Matthew Knight until the rugged centre is able to return to action.

Knight is expected to miss at least the next three games while he deals with the effects of a serious head knock.

The 2.03-metre Trueman played four games for the Breakers this season before being cut to allow for the signing of replacement import Gary Wilkinson.

He has since been working out with the Manawatu Jets in Palmerston North before the Kiwi NBL season.

The New Zealander is rapt to return to Perth, for whom he played 71 games between 2011 and 2013, including two grand final losses to the Breakers.

"I was very surprised to get the call from managing director Nick Marvin and surprised that it was actually a possibility, and I'm very excited to be here," Trueman told the NBL's website.

"I feel pretty good, and I'll be going out there to do the job that I've done for the last three or four years. I think I can do that and I'm looking forward to it."

Perth coach Trevor Gleeson was grateful to pick up a player of Trueman's ability and familiarity with the Wildcats' system.

"JT is a very hard worker who brings energy to the team, and the guys who have played with him spoke very highly of him as a team-mate," he said.

"We need that bit of extra muscle with Matty [Knight] out, so Jeremiah will come off the bench and help support Tom Jervis." The 15-3 Wildcats will host the Melbourne Tigers at the Perth Arena tomorrow night. 

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