The Perth Wildcats pre-season preparations have been dealt a huge blow with young star Hugh Greenwood sensationally quitting the club to chase his AFL dream.

The 23-year-old Australian has spent the past four years playing US college basketball at the University of New Mexico, before signing with the Wildcats in June.

It is believed that Adelaide will be his likely destination.

“Unfortunately Hugh Greenwood’s decision not to honour his contract poses a significant challenge for us,” Wildcats managing director Nick Marvin said.

“While he leaves with our best wishes, it does require us to revise our recruiting strategy immediately.

“We made numerous decisions based on his commitment to us, so we are disappointed to lose him.”