Port Adelaide assistant coach Michael Voss is hopeful AFL clubs’ planned adherence to season restart protocols will convince the South Australian government to further ease restrictions sooner than expected.
Star midfielder Ollie Wines appears destined to become Port Adelaide’s next captain after re-signing with the AFL club on a four-year deal.
Wines was coming out of contract at the end of this season, and would have attracted big offers from clubs in his home state of Victoria.
He would have also been eligible for free agency at the end of 2020.
But the 23-year-old is so confident in the direction Port Adelaide are heading that he has signed on until the end of 2022.
Travis Boak is the current captain of Port Adelaide, but the soon-to-be 30-year-old could relinquish that post by the end of the year.
Wines, who has played 119 games for the club and was named vice-captain at the end of 2016, is a strong chance to take over the head role when Boak steps down.
“This club has done everything right by me and my family since it welcomed me into the club six years ago,” Wines said.
“I have a firm belief in where the club is heading, the playing group it’s formed and the support off-field, and I am looking forward to the future.
“My position, and the club’s position, throughout our discussions has been that we have been in a good space and it was only a matter of time before I signed on again.”
Port Adelaide loaded up on experience at the end of last season, and currently sit seventh on the ladder with an 8-4 record.
Wines has played a key role in Port’s strong form, averaging 27 disposals and 6.7 clearances a game.