Echuca Football Club senior coach Cam Stewart speaks about Ollie Wines.By Zach Hubber
Echuca senior coach Cam Stewart knew what sort of player he was dealing with when Ollie Wines played in the senior team twice this season.
‘‘He’s a super kid,’’ Stewart said.
‘‘To be perfectly honest he ticks all the boxes from an AFL point of view.
‘‘He’s one of those players who respects football, which is pretty big in this day and age.’’
It was only last week at the club’s first pre-season hit-out that Wines was in attendance, training with the Murray Bombers’ 2013 senior squad.
‘‘He held himself really highly to come back and train with Faz (Matt Farrelly), that’s the type of person he is,’’ Stewart said.
‘‘At the time trials Ollie dedicated himself to run with the kids who were coming last, even after he’d finished up. That speaks volumes of the kid.’’
Stewart has seen many AFL players come through the TAC Cup system after 10 years as an assistant coach with the Dandenong Stingrays.
He said whichever club recruited Wines would be picking up a future A-grader.
‘‘I’ve coached plenty who have gone on and he’s one of the best I’ve coached,’’ he said.
‘‘I don’t like to compare players but if I had to I’d compare him to Luke Parker.’’
Parker played in Sydney’s premiership team this year and came through the Stingrays’ system.
‘‘Parks would go through the middle and really contribute for us, but then he’d go forward and really cut a game apart,’’ Stewart said.
‘‘I think that’s the transition (Ollie’s) made in his second full season.
‘‘I’d love to see the two of them in the ring and see who came out last because it would definitely be last man standing.’’
Like Bendigo Pioneers coach David Newett, it was Wines’ character which stood out for the Echuca coach.
‘‘He really respects his mates as they do him,’’ Stewart said.
‘‘From a club point of view we wish him well.’’
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