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Wildcats have sponsor but no stadium
Wildcats have sponsor but no stadium

The Perth Wildcats are poised to announce a major sponsor but are yet to sign a deal to play home games at Perth Arena in the fast approaching season.

Negotiations between the Wildcats and Perth Arena management resumed this week but failed to find middle ground on a number of issues.

Wildcats managing director Nick Marvin expects a deal by the end of next week, which would be a source of relief to more than 4100 fans who have already purchased 2012-13 season tickets.

The Wildcats hope to follow Adelaide's lead after their traditional rivals took a step forward in their bid to resume playing at Adelaide Arena.

Sixers chief executive Leanne Grantham said she had received confirmation lease documents for the venue would be received next week.

"It was the news that we have all been waiting for, it's a huge relief for us," Grantham said.

The 36ers will play their first NBL home game against the Melbourne Tigers on October 7.

State Government body Healthway will increase sponsorship of the Wildcats in a deal that will see its "Alcohol Think Again" message displayed across the front of the club's playing strip this season.

Meanwhile, Wildcats forward Greg Hire is in hospital having treatment for an infection in his left middle finger.

Hire had the top of the finger removed following an accident years ago and the bone recently broke through the flesh.

He will miss game one of the State league's best-of-three semi- final series between Wanneroo and East Perth on Saturday.

The Wolves' key player may return later in the play-offs to lead the charge towards a second successive title.

Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge expects the majority of his senior squad to be on court for the start of pre-season training on Monday.

Hire and guard Brad Robbins, who had surgery to repair tendons in his right wrist last month, will be the only absentees.

The West Australian

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