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Ollie Wines hopes to be emulating Patrick Dangerfield by the time his new contract ends

I'm a fairly high rotated player each game so that's going to have to decrease

AS IF Ollie Wines isn't scary enough for opposition sides, the Port Adelaide midfielder sees himself developing into the Power's version of Patrick Dangerfield by the end of his new contract in 2018. 

Wines re-signed with the Power on Wednesday and the 21-year-old insisted he never contemplated leaving, largely due to the values of the club. 

But while his love for Port hasn't waned, his ideal of how he'd like to serve the club has changed. 

When drafted by Port Adelaide with pick No.7 at the 2012 NAB AFL Draft, Wines hoped he'd develop into a Jobe Watson sort of player, a traditional centreman with a big emphasis on the winning the ball. 

Having improved his running considerably this pre-season though, he said he now believed he could impact games on the outside more than he initially thought. 

"I love the way how Patrick Dangerfield goes about it; I don't think I'll ever be as quick as him, I think I've got the power to be able to get out of stoppages," Wines said.

"He also gets the ball around the ground and is able to move.

"He's someone I watch a bit now and try to model my game a little bit on.

"Dangerfield's a pretty damaging player who can hit the scoreboard, so hopefully I can take bits of his game and use them myself."

Wines' 2015 campaign was severely restricted by wrist and shoulder injuries – indeed a shoulder reconstruction ended his season after 13 games. 

He only returned to full contact training three weeks ago and so up until that point in late January his pre-season consisted largely of conditioning-based training.

The result? Wines has lost further "puppy fat" but gained a few kilograms in lean muscle and is running personal best times on the track. 

With fewer rotations available for coach Ken Hinkley, Wines said he expected to have to run far more in 2016 than in recent years. 

"I cut a fair bit of time off my time trials this year, so hopefully I'll be able to get outside the contest a bit more … I have made some pretty big gains after Christmas time," he said. 

"I'm a fairly high rotated player each game so that's going to have to decrease and I'm going to have to run more.

"For my first bit of rehab where I had to wear a pink hat, there was no contact. I played a lot of time on a wing and I guess learned a bit about that position. 

"That'll help me coming out of the contest."