Perth Wildcats coach Joe Brady part-exits after five games

Ashley Jennings and Luke Taylor have had spells on the sidelines as the Panthers have suffered an injury crisis

Perth Wildcats and player-coach Joe Brady have part-exited the season at the five-game mark.

Brady and his squad have just one more game left, but their suspension of Michael Dixon Jr and the injury to defender Ashley Jennings has played a part in their struggles.

Melbourne Vixens have already secured a Finals spot, while Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and New South Wales have also reached the finals.

Perth currently sit in sixth place, four points below New South Wales and two points behind Brisbane.

Brady, 35, took over as head coach for the last few games of the 2018 season to guide them through to the playoffs.

That record is impressive considering key players such as Kane Cornes, Craig Christophers, Nate Jawai and Jayden Jackson were missing, and the club had only just returned from the club-record injury lay-off which ended after just 12 games in 2018.

The third-year coach has played a big part in the players’ performances and there has been encouraging news for those who will remain at the club.

They are also hopeful of recruiting even more recruits before the end of the season with Australian recruit Steven Cutler having had two transactions with the club.

With the season over, former forward Dixon Jr is facing a further eight weeks out with a knee injury and will be moving on from the club at the end of the season.

While the Wildcats now have a month or so to sign replacements, they have been negotiating with some players to help ease the loss of Dixon Jr.

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