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Jonas and Wines partner to lead Port into the future

Wines and Jonas named co-captains - PTV Ollie Wines and Tom Jonas are named co-captains for the 2019 season.

PORT ADELAIDE will enter season 2019 with co-captains Tom Jonas and Ollie Wines after the club’s Football Committee and Board endorsed the football department’s recommendation.

The decision-making process, which included a playing group vote and input from the coaches, took in the entire pre-season campaign after former captain Travis Boak stepped aside as captain last November.

Hamish Hartlett was appointed vice-captain and will form part of the streamlined three-man leadership group with Jonas and Wines.

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley says the club is fortunate to have three great young leaders to take the club forward.

“I have enormous faith in Tom and Ollie taking our club forward as co-captains, with great support from Hamish as vice-captain,” Hinkley said.

“Tom and Ollie have respective skillsets that will complement each other perfectly both on and off the field. We are working in a modern environment and the age difference between Tom and Ollie will serve us well in connecting the entire playing group.”

Hinkley says he is proud of the development of his three leaders.

“Tom’s is such a great story. He was recruited as a dour, lockdown rookie-listed defender at the end of 2010. He debuted against Hawthorn at the MCG during a difficult time for the club and tagged Hawthorn champion Luke Hodge, keeping him to a handful of touches. Since that time Tom has gone from the rookie list, to the senior list and is now a captain of this great club,” Hinkley said.

“As for Ollie, it was clear from the day he arrived at Alberton he would one day be a key leader at our club. He trains hard, is the ultimate professional and forever leads from the front both on and off the field. Ollie demonstrated his loyalty and care for this club last year when he committed long-term to Port Adelaide at a time when he could have easily gone to any other club in the competition.

“And then of course there’s Hamish who thoroughly deserves his appointment as vice-captain. He’s the ultimate team man who would literally bleed for his club and his teammates.

“One thing that these three players all have in common is they play the Port Adelaide way. They’re all tough, courageous and uncompromising. I know we are in very good hands both on and off the field.”

Hinkley also thanked Boak for his outstanding contribution as Port Adelaide captain.

“When I first arrived at the club, Travis was the obvious choice to succeed Dom Cassisi, who had been a brilliant leader of our club,” said Hinkley. 

“We are in a pretty lucky situation where we’ve now got three young men in Tom, Ollie and Hamish who have seen through Trav’s behaviours how a great leader should act.  Trav has been an unbelievable support for me and has demonstrated a great example of what a strong captain looks like.” 

Jonas says it is a privilege to captain Port Adelaide.

“I’ve maintained all along that I would be incredibly proud to captain this great club and to work with Ollie to lead this group forward. It is truly humbling but also very exciting. We have a great group of coaches and a playing list which is ready to take the next step and I can’t wait to take on the challenge with Ollie and Hamish,” said Jonas.

Wines echoed Jonas’s sentiments saying his appointment as captain of Port Adelaide is most humbling.

“To be appointed captain of Port Adelaide with Tom is very special. To follow in the footsteps of Travis and have your name alongside some of Port Adelaide’s all-time greats is amazing. As a leadership group we are looking forward to leading from the front both on and off the field and taking this club forward on a path to sustained success,” he said.

Hartlett congratulated Jonas and Wines on their appointment and was excited to be part of the leadership group.

“Firstly, massive congratulations to Tom and Ollie for their appointments. They are both great young men who will do our club proud. I feel fortunate to be part of the leadership group and can’t wait to support them in my role as vice-captain,” Hartlett said.

Port Adelaide chairman David Koch says his Board unanimously supported the recommendation from the playing group, coaches and Football Committee.

“The club’s Board had no hesitation in ratifying the recommendation from all our key internal stakeholders,” Mr Koch said.

“We strongly believe this model of Tom and Ollie sharing the captaincy duties, ably assisted by Hamish as vice-captain, is best for our club to achieve sustained success moving forward.

“This leadership model is not the dilution of leadership responsibility, it’s actually the very opposite. What we have done is given more leadership responsibility to fewer players. That’s the model we have supported and most importantly, it’s the model the playing group wanted.

“Don’t for one minute though think we have made this decision without giving serious thought to the historical relevance and traditions of this club when it comes to captaincy.

“We as much as anyone recognise, support and promote the wonderful traditions of Port Adelaide. We also know that the Port Adelaide community likes to identify with one leader and hold them accountable but we are in unanimous agreement that co-captains will serve our club best in this highly sophisticated and challenging environment that we currently face.

“Tradition is incredibly important to us, but winning games of football is more important.”

As co-captains, Jonas and Wines will retain their respective playing numbers of 42 and 16.