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Magnay and Steindl depart Wildcats



Dual Perth Wildcats championship player Clint Steindl and young gun Will Magnay are both on the move, confirmed to be departing the club on Saturday.


Steindl was a member of the 2019 and 2020 NBL championship sides, renowned as a sharp shooter from beyond the arc having crossed from the now defunct Townsville Crocodiles, having won the NBL's Most Improved Player award in 2016.


The 32 year old struggled for consistency in the 2020-21 season, then hampered by a groin injury that caused him to miss game two of the Grand Final series against Melbourne United.


Magnay only joined the Wildcats in May for the remainder of the NBL21 campaign, having being waived by NBA franchise New Orleans Pelicans following a foot injury.


The 23 year old failed to fire for his second NBL side having started at the Brisbane Bullets, averaging only four points and three rebounds per game in his 15 matches for the Wildcats.


Both Steindl and Magnay are likely to be targets of the NBL's newest club the Tasmanian JackJumpers, who already have a heavy Perth Wildcats flavour with coach Scott Roth and assistant Jacob Chance both working under championship coach Trevor Gleeson at the club in recent seasons.


"“I’ve absolutely enjoyed my time at the Wildcats and in the Perth community. For the rest of my life I’ll feel proud I’ve been able to play a small part in bringing another two championships to the club,” Steindl said in a statement on the Wildcats website.


“My time here has been a whole lot of fun thanks to my teammates and coaches. Life was made very easy with the help of the front office and the Perth Wildcats board.


“My family and I put a lot of thought into this, and we’ve come to the decision to move on, but we’re super excited about what’s ahead for us.”


Mitch Norton put pen to paper on a three year contract extension last week, resisting the lure of free agency which continues in the early stages of the off-season.


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