But now Wines, into his fifth season and about to play his 100th AFL match, wants to remain at Port for his entire career.
Born in Echuca and a Bendigo under-18 player, Wines’ family didn’t want the midfielder to leave for Adelaide.
“Dad was in all sorts and he said to Kenny (Port coach Ken Hinkley) he will only be there for two years anyway,” Wines told reporters today.
“To look back on that now and think how far I have come and how much I have fallen in love with the club, not just me but also my family… it’s something I never thought would happen.”
Wines was appointed Port’s vice-captain this season and said he had no thought of departing.
“I don’t really have any ambition to move anywhere,” he said.
“I love Adelaide, I love the club and I guess you would have to have a real special reason to go anywhere else.
“I see guys move interstate these days for money, for homesickness, but the risk outweighs the reward.
“The grass isn’t always greener on the other side… if you’re happy in one place, why move?”
Wines’ contract expires at the end of next season and he wants to sign a fresh deal – but not until a raft of other players are re-signed.
Youngsters Dan Houston, Riley Bonner and Dougal Howard are the latest to commit to the Power for another two seasons.
“I’m letting the other guys get signed up first,” said Wines, whose 100-game milestone comes against North Melbourne on Saturday.
“I don’t really want to put myself in front of them, obviously there’s a lot of young guys getting signed at the moment and there’s a fair few more to come.
“So once that is done, we will look to get (my new contract) done but at this stage I have got a year left and I’m not in any rush.”
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