ONE OF Port Adelaideâ€™s most anticipated signatures has been secured on a new contract, with 21-year-old midfielder Ollie Wines extending his tenure at Alberton beyond the coming season.
Wines will remain a Power player until at least the end of the 2018 season, signing a two-year contract extension with the club.
Drafted to Port Adelaide with pick No. 7 in the 2012 national draft, the big-bodied midfielder debuted in the first round of his inaugural season and quickly established himself as an integral part of the Powerâ€™s starting line-up.
He became the fastest player to appear in 50 games for the Power last year, in a season where he won a record third Gavin Wanganeen Medal as the clubâ€™s best player under the age of 21.
His meteoric rise within the club was confirmed last year when his teammates voted him into the Power's leadership group.
The 21-year-old told portadelaidefc.com.au he wanted to put to rest speculation he might leave the club before the start of the 2016 season.
â€śThere's something special about this club, and being a part of it was always my plan," Wines said
"I love this footy club, my teammates, coaches, and our fans and Iâ€™m very happy to be continuing my career here at Port Adelaide.
â€śNow just feels like the right time to re-commit to the club as I didnâ€™t want our Members thinking I might leave this year, when that wasnâ€™t part of the plan.
â€śThe club and its supporters have been so welcoming of me and my family since I arrived at the end of 2012, and Iâ€™ve loved every moment here so far.
â€śNow Iâ€™m really looking forward to being part of some more special moments over the coming years with my teammates and the Port Adelaide family.â€ť
Wines has enjoyed a relatively hiccup-free career, however setbacks in 2015 gave him a new challenge to overcome.
â€śI was able to start early in my career and get a few games under my belt, unfortunately last year I suffered the hiccups that every AFL footballer eventually faces,â€ť Wines said of his wrist and shoulder injuries.
â€śYou donâ€™t want to miss football, but Iâ€™ve been blessed that Iâ€™ve not had too many injuries and played a lot of footy, it was definitely hard to watch the guys keep on playing.
â€śCertainly, part of the reason I signed on was because of the great staff we have at the club, especially the fitness and rehab guys.
â€ťKen Hinkley said Winesâ€™s prized signing was important for the Power heading into 2016 and praised the Echucanâ€™s attitude to football.
â€śOllie is one of those players who you love having around your footy club,â€ť Hinkley told portadelaidefc.com.au.
â€śHis work ethic, his professionalism around the club, his compliance on the field â€“ all of these are qualities that heâ€™s built upon over the last three years and he continues to seek that improvement.
â€śI know he has put a great deal of thought and reflection into this decision â€“ thatâ€™s his style â€“ but we were always confident he would put pen to paper.
â€śHeâ€™s the sort of bloke who will live and breathe his footy club and his relationships with our players, coaches and supporters are very strong, itâ€™s great to have him on board again for another two years on top of this season.â€ť