Outgoing NBL star Kay to chase Euro dream

Shayne Hope
NBL star Nick Kay (l) has left the Wildcats to test his skills in Europe

Departing Perth Wildcats star Nick Kay admits opting out of his NBL contract to test the volatile European market is a "scary" proposition.

But the 27-year-old forward still sees it as the best option after having his salary for next season slashed as part of the NBL's cost-cutting measures.

"To opt out of a contract where you know you've got security to take a chance on something that's been a goal of mine for a very long time is a scary thing," Kay said.

"But (playing in Europe) is something that I've always wanted to do and the opportunity is ahead and I'm going to do all I can to try and make that a reality."

Kay already had a European out-clause in his Wildcats deal before the coronavirus pandemic forced the renegotiation of contracts between the NBL and players' association.

Kay followed Wildcats teammate and fellow All-NBL First Team member Bryce Cotton out the door before Monday's contract opt-out deadline, leaving a huge hole in the two-time defending champions' roster.

Kay is wary of what effects the COVID-19 pandemic could have on his career prospects overseas but said he could still return to Perth if nothing arises in Europe.

"I'm not naive enough to think you're going to go over there, find the perfect place and it's all going to be perfect," Kay said.

"But there's a little opportunity here to actually see what is out there, see if the right fit can be found and I could find an opportunity to reach that goal of playing in Europe."