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By Riverine Herald

ALL STATS TO R8

OLLIE WINES

Career Games: 115, Goals: 54

2018 Games: 8, Goals: 2

Disposals: 212 (av. 26.5), 104 contested (av. 13)

Key stat: 58 clearances (av. 7.3)

Are you aware that Ollie Wines is out of contract?

In case you are living under a rock, Ollie’s current deal with Port Adelaide is up at the end of the year.

I would not be in a rush to sign a deal if I were Ollie either.

Because he is having a heck of a season.

Port has had a pretty strong start to the year, and the Echuca export has played a key role in that happening.

His best game was also Port’s best game, its round two win against Sydney.

Ollie amassed 35 touches, including 19 contested.

To go with his 12 clearances, he had an insane 33 pressure acts including six tackles.

These stats are incredible.

Will Ollie leave and come home to Victoria?

I doubt it.

Though wouldn’t a reunion at Melbourne with childhood friend Jack Viney — and our own Clayton Oliver — be nice.

CLAYTON OLIVER

Career Games: 43, Goals: 14.

2018 Games: 8, Goals: 4.

Disposals: 226 (av. 28.5), 131 contested (av. 16.4)

Key stat: 63 tackles (av. 7.9)

The reigning Melbourne best and fairest is ever slightly down on his overall possession numbers by close to a disposal, but in typical Clayton fashion, his contested numbers are up nearly a possession.

He’s also up by a tackle a game.

Around the hard ball, there are few in the game better than former Echuca footballer Clayton.

In the absence of Jack Viney early in the season, and with a change of role for Nathan Jones, Clayton has had to step up his attack on the football, and he remains elite in this category.

He was huge in round two against Brisbane, in a match that was arguably closer than was expected.

Of his 35 touches, 22 were contested, and he finished the day with 83 per-cent efficiency.

He also laid eight tackles and gained 452m in the 26-point win.

FLYNN APPLEBY

2018 Games: 3, Goals: 0

Disposals: 36 (av. 12), contested 14 (av. 4.7)

Key stat: 3 games played.

It may seem like an odd thing to put that Flynn, from Cohuna, has played as his key stat, but realistically this is a big deal.

Often going into a club via the rookie draft means a club is willing to have a look.

But a 19-year-old rookie would rarely be in the club’s calculations.

So for Flynn to get into a much improved Collingwood side in round six of his first season off the rookie list is a major achievement.

There is some quality around the traps in Collingwood’s VFL side looking to get game time in the AFL.

So for Flynn to be in the AFL already is a huge show of faith from Collingwood.

He’s started well, but will have to keep working to repay the faith.

AIDYN JOHNSON

Career Games: 7, Career Goals: 5

2018 Games: 2, 2018 Goals: 3

Disposals: 18 (av. 9), contested 10 (av. 5)

Key stat: 94 per-cent disposal efficiency

This was always going to be a hard Port Adelaide side to break into.

Port Adelaide added some serious quality over the summer, and unfortunately it meant the team was going to be tough to get into.

Moama export Aidyn has played the two games so far in 2018, and has been a handy inclusion on those occasions.

He hasn’t got the ball as often as some, but has been elite with his usage.

The challenge ahead is to put forward more good form with Port Adelaide in the SANFL and earn a way back into the AFL side.