Echuca's Ollie Wines will remain a Port man after re-signing with AFL club Port Adelaide for a further two years.LUKE MCMANUS March 12, 2014 4:04am
After an impressive debut season with Port Adelaide, Ollie Wines (left) has re-signed with the Power for a further two years. He is pictured taking part in a pre-season intra-club match last year. Photo: submitted
Echuca footballer Ollie Wines has re-signed with AFL club Port Adelaide for two more seasons, ending speculation of a return home to Victoria.
Wines, 19, penned a new deal on Friday that will see him through until the end of 2016, the extension earned on the back on an outstanding debut season.
Wines, pick seven in the 2012 national draft, averaged 19 disposals in 24 matches last year and finished third in the AFL rising star award.
The deal ended talk of Wines leaving the Power, amid reports of Melbourne-based clubs flagging their interest in the former Bendigo Pioneers player.
Speaking to media at Port Adelaide’s training base at Alberton Oval last week, Wines admitted to floating the idea of a move home shortly after the 2012 draft, but said on-field success triggered a change of heart.
‘‘When I was drafted
‘‘I was thinking I’d wait for my first two years to be up and — to be honest — I was thinking about heading home to Victoria.
‘‘But that’s absolutely changed, I don’t think I could be at a better place, a better club. I have the best of both worlds here
‘‘The remarkable turn-around has been really positive for me and a big reason for why I’ve signed on.’’
Asked whether rival clubs were ever in the mix for his signature, Wines said the thought never entered the frame.
‘‘I hadn’t really asked my manager
‘‘It (signing) wasn’t much of an issue as much as the media made it out to be. It was a matter of being 100 per cent comfortable living in Adelaide
Wines is expected to play in the Power’s 2014 season opener against Carlton on Sunday.
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