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Wines Elevated to Leadership Group, Joining Lobbe, Ebert and Hartlett

Ollie Wines‘ meteoric rise through the AFL ranks continued on Wednesday when he was included in Port Adelaide’s leadership group.

The 20-year-old star midfielder’s fledgling career has been intrinsically linked to the Power’s remarkable renaissance in the past two seasons.

After being drafted in 2012, Wines immediately became an integral part of Port Adelaide’s engine room.

The former No.7 draft pick had an impressive debut year in 2013 and raised the bar again last season to quickly become one of the team’s most important players.

Remarkably, Wines hasn’t missed a game since being recruited to Port – in two seasons, he has played 49 straight.

“Ollie is a good addition to the group with his will to improve both his game and that of the whole team,” said Travis Boak who was named Power captain for the third year in a row.

“He has stepped straight in and been so demanding of others – and it doesn’t matter who it is,” Boak said.

“If we’re at a stoppage and I’m not in the right spot, he’ll tell me what to do and that is a credit to him.”

Boak will have a new deputy in 2015 with ruckman Matthew Lobbe being elevated to joint vice-captain alongside Brad Ebert, who enters his third year in the role.

Lobbe had a breakout year in 2014 with career-high disposals, hitouts, tackles, clearances and contested possessions.

In fact, the 26-year-old was ranked fourth in the competition for both hitouts and tackles last year.

Remarkably, only hard-nosed midfielders Tom Liberatore, Tom Rockliff and Matt Priddis laid more tackles than Lobbe in 2014.

Jackson Trengove, Hamish Hartlett and Tom Jonas round out Port Adelaide’s seven-man leadership group.

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