Port Adelaide star Ollie Wines has changed his tune in recent weeks about committing to the club long term and that’s something that should be concerning to the senior heads at the football club, according to former player Kane Cornes.
The out-of-contract midfielder told Fox Sports News yesterday that he was “not comfortable” is committing to his future at the current time, sounding unconvincing in the interview.
“As far as I’m concerned I’ve got eight months to go (on my contract) and I’ll do everything I can for those eight months,” he said.
“I’ll look to sign when I can, but at the moment I’m just focusing on getting my body right for Round 1 and playing some good footy.”
Speaking on SEN Breakfast this morning, Cornes added that he believes something must’ve happened for the 23-year-old to change his tune.
“About a week ago he said that he was really happy and that he loves the club and he doesn’t expect any issues with it,” Cornes said.
“The language that he’s used, perhaps it says to me, is there a St Kilda or is there a club with money that has heard his comments from a week ago and said, we’ve got to act now and offer this young man an offer that he just can’t refuse.
“Is it a seven-year 1.2 (million dollar) Dustin Martin-style of deal? Now that’s big money for what Ollie Wines has done in the game but (he’s) future captain of Port Adelaide, (he’s) hard and tough and give you quality.
“Something has changed in the last three or four days for him to change that language.”
Wines added that he had a bit to consider before putting pen to paper on a contract extension at Alberton.
“There’s always stuff to consider when you’re going to sign a contract. You’ve got to tie yourself down for a few years, so there’s always people to talk to and things to think about,” he said.
“That time will come and it’ll happen sooner rather than later.”