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Wines on captaincy, coming home

By Andrew Johnston

PORT Adelaide vice-captain Ollie Wines says he has no ill feelings about the changes to the Power's leadership structure.

The Echuca export was co-captain of the AFL club in 2019, but returned to his previous role for 2020 as Tom Jonas took the sole captaincy role.

Wines said the situation had been handled the right way.

“I think we've handled it really well,” he told AFL.com.au

“We gave it a go at the time because it was the best thing for the club and unfortunately it didn't work results-wise, and this year we listened to our members and listened to our football club and we went back to the traditional one captain.”

But Wines hasn't ruled out returning to the role one day.

“I only want success like everyone else at this football club and if I am the right person to lead this club, it would be an honour,” he said.

“At the moment I am more than proud to stand next to Tommy and Hamish as well and go to war with the boys each week, but if the opportunity comes again I'd be only so happy to take it.

“I had the one year in it and it was the proudest year of my football career.”

Despite signing a major contract extension through until 2022, Wines’ future has been regularly speculated about, with his name linked to a move to Carlton during last year's trade period.

Wines has recently confirmed he has no interest in leaving the club during his contract, though admits he has thought about a return to Victoria.

“I don't think there's many guys in my situation who wouldn't get your name thrown up every now and then,” he said.

“But I've got two years on a deal at the moment and I'm so happy here.

“The list is so set, we're so excited with the people we've got signed on.

“I'm loving my time here,” he said.

“I go through ups and downs like anyone. At times I'd love to be in Victoria, but at other times I know that the best chance I've got at having some success in my football career (is here).

“And if it's a little bit of short-term pain in terms of living away from my family and not seeing them as much as I'd like well I'm going to sacrifice that for success.

“A football career's life is so short and you see guys not have success or win grand finals throughout their careers and I don't want to be one of those.

“I want to chase success wherever that is and at the moment it's in Adelaide. We're so set and we've got this list together, so I think that's my best bet.”

Wines’ Power are currently on top of the AFL ladder with one round of football to play.