Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley believes Chad Wingard is a top 10 player in the AFL when he is at his best.
“Chad’s an enormous talent. He’s not the type of player that you let out of your football club very easily,” Hinkley said on SEN’s Whateley.
“Whether that’s one of our players or one of the opposition players, top-10 players in the competition are top-10 players.”
Wingard has been linked to Hawthorn and the Western Bulldogs this off-season, on deals reportedly worth over $800,000 a season.
The 25-year-old averaged 20.8 disposals and kicked 22 goals in 21 games this season.
Asked about Wingard’s worth on the open market, Hinkley referred to draft picks the Power traded for Charlie Dixon and Paddy Ryder.
“If I dealt what we’ve been through in the past, we’ve dealt with Paddy Ryder, we’ve dealt with Charlie Dixon and we’ve given up first-round pick and second-round pick, two first-round picks, they’re the sort of numbers but they’re not my decisions, they’re decisions made by list management.”