Port Adelaide dynamo Ollie Wines is but to re-signal with the membership. Image: Sarah Reed Source: News Restricted
PORT Adelaide says it is “very assured” it may possibly secure rookie sensation Ollie Wines to a protracted-time period contract, regardless of the powerhouse midfielder being the one big title it has failed to re-signal this week.
As the Energy continues to roll out contract extensions for key gamers – captain Travis Boak’s new deal will probably be revealed tomorrow – Wines has yet to put pen to paper.
And his administration staff, Elite Sports Properties, has told Port he is in no hurry to re-signal.
Clearance specialist Wines, 19, is out of contract on the finish of subsequent season and the Power has been trying to stitch him as much as a brand new, long-term deal since halfway through last season.
The longer he leaves it to ink a new deal the extra rival clubs will likely be put on crimson alert.
But when Port is worried, it isn’t exhibiting it.
Football operations manager Peter Rohde said while he would have appreciated to have added Wines’ title to the checklist of pre-Christmas re-signings, which already has included Jay Schulz, Hamish Hartlett and Jake Neade, he’s satisfied Wines is comfortable at Alberton.
And he is hopeful of a brand new deal being struck in the subsequent few months.
“If it gets to August and we still have not re-contracted Ollie then we’ll have some issues,” Rohde said.
“However right now we’re very assured that he is completely happy right here and can re-sign for us.
“ESP has stated they will get again to us when the time is true but we all know that Ollie is completely satisfied here, his household is pleased with the club and he had a terrific first year right here, so why would not you re-signal?
“Everybody gets a bit nervous when (big) names haven’t re-signed however Ollie knows we wish him and I’m positive he loves being right here.
“But clearly we would love to get him achieved sooner reasonably than later.”
The powerfully-constructed Wines, from Echuca, had a standout first season at Port after being chosen at choose seven at the 2012 nationwide draft.
He performed all 24 video games, together with the club’s two finals, and averaged a powerful 19 disposals, four tackles and three clearances.
Wines additionally finished third in the AFL Rising Star award behind Gold Coast’s Jaeger O’Meara and Adelaide’s Brad Crouch and won the Gavin Wanganeen Medal as the Power’s best first-year participant.
His mum, Jane, admitted during Port’s finals campaign that the family initially felt Wines had been drafted to “soccer hell” by being picked up by the Energy however had ended up in “football heaven”, such was the transformation at the club below first-year coach Ken Hinkley.
Rohde stated that whereas Port had been delighted to safe lengthy-term offers for a host of players this week, the Wines’ situation wasn’t distinctive.
“We’ve had quite a lot of players in his position prior to now few years, together with Travis in 2012, and we have managed to safe all of them,” Rohde mentioned, including Wines was this week transferring into a new home with membership champion Chad Wingard.
“We’re confident that would be the case with Ollie too.”