Port Adelaide was always confident Ollie Wines would remain at Alberton and the Victorian has committed his future to the club by putting pen to paper on a four year deal.
The question on where the midfielder would ply his trade in 2019 seemed to be of more interest and concern to interstate media than those within Alberton.
Ken Hinkley was asked in April about the possibility of his young star departing. The Power coach was certainly not worried.
“There’s absolutely no doubt that a commitment to Port Adelaide will come from Ollie,it’s just a matter of when.”
Hinkley was even stronger in the last month when quizzed again on the future of the vice-captain when he declared he was 100% confident the 23 year-old would remain.
The new deal announced Tuesday evening is certainly vindication of the trust and confidence Ollie Wines has in the long-term vision of the club.
Importantly for the Port Adelaide, the new deal will have the 23 year-old contracted until the end of 2022 when he would have been eligible for free agency at the end of 2020.
Ollie Wines Evolving into an A-Grader
The statistics confirm Ollie Wines has been a very good player since his first year at AFL level in 2013. The midfielder won the Gavin Wanganeen medal as the best under 21 player at Port in his first year. And he also finished as runner up in the rising star award.
After averaging 18.8 disposals in his first year, the midfield beast has been a consistent performer averaging over 24 disposals every season since.
What is obvious is Wines revels in the big games, as evidenced by his performances in big finals. A brilliant performance against Collingwood in the 2013 Elimination Final and his 2014 finals series in particular was immense.
The last two weeks in particular have seen Wines at his brutal best against Richmond and the Western Bulldogs.
In 2018 the midfielder is ranked in the top 10 in the competition for clearances. Top 20 in the league for contested possessions and disposals.
The main knock on Ollie Wines in his career to date has been disposal efficiency. Which can often be the case for a contested ball winner. Against the Bulldogs the disposal efficiency for the midfielder was at 80% which represents his best return this season.
Wines polled a career high 18 votes in the Brownlow Medal last year and should now be entering the prime of his career after 119 games at AFL level.
The next skipper
Travis Boak has been a wonderful leader but it seems inevitable Ollie Wines will take over as captain. Potentially as early as next year.
The vice-captain spoke of his delight at committing his long-term future to the Power.
“This club has done everything right by me and my family since it welcomed me into the club six years ago. I have a firm belief in where the club is heading, the playing group it’s formed and the support off-field. And I am looking forward to the future.”
They are the kind of words that endear yourself to the Port Adelaide faithful. Most importantly Ollie Wines is letting his actions on-field do the talking with the kind of football that will have him respected as a leader when he eventually takes over as the next Port Adelaide captain.