Hire is going to be interesting. Options basically are:
-Sign him and have 2 imports. Don't see Perth going with 2 imports given the quality of the league, slim chance if they spend huge and got 2 amazing ones.
-Sign him and release another player to have 3 imports. Pretty unlikely, only one I could see them release is Stiendl, but even that's pretty unlikely unless Stiendl asks to leave.
-keep him as a 'Lucus Walker' type train on/injury replacement with a job at the club. Probably the most likely. Walker had a good impact on the group and Hire would do the same. Hire was originally wanting to be the strength and conditioning coach before he got signed.
-dont sign him, have no role at the club. Would be sad to see him go but a likely scenario imo behind being a train on/have a job.
I think they have made it clear it won't be option 4.
Option 3 is a good one. He is actually a top bloke, and vaunted for his offcourt and community work, so keeping him that capacity and as TP/LTI replacement makes sense.
I wouldn't have minded Hire as their 11th man, but they have already signed Vague to give them depth at the 4 & 3.
Basically they have 3 spots to fill:
Starting SG - Cotton
Starting SF - Tokoto or similar
Backup 2 or 3
If they use Steindl to backup the 2, they could use Hire to backup the 3, as in recent seasons, but I'm not sold on that solution.
They already have plenty of bigs if they want to run tall.
I'd rather see them use that 3rd import slot to pick up a cheap 2/3. I feel that for the same dollars you'll find more guys to fit that mold.