Melbourne great Garry Lyon says Port Adelaide star Ollie Wines has “let the club down” after sustaining a shoulder injury water skiing over the weekend.
The severity of Wines’ injury is yet to be confirmed, but according to SEN SA Breakfast host Kane Cornes, the damage to his shoulder was “significant”.
Wines and defender Tom Jonas are tipped to be named as the Power’s co-captains for the 2019 season.
“I think he’s let the club down, I think he’s let the club down by doing it,” Lyon told SEN Breakfast.
“I know you’ve got to be able live your life, but if you think in any way that it’s going to take from your ability to do what you’re paid to do, then you don’t do it.”
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Lyon believes the 24-year-old midfielder should be prepared to sacrifice his love for extreme water sports in order to avoid running the risk injuring himself, considering Round 1 is under two months away.
“I’m a big Ollie Wines fan, I’m just trying to think of it from his point of view,” Lyon added.
“Port Adelaide have had a couple of really disappointing years, he’s the face of the footy club and may very well be the captain. I would just ask him what was going through his mind when he’s sitting on the banks of the Murray River thinking ‘I might go out here’, despite the know and risk.
“He’s smart enough to know that there are absolutely inherent risks there and I think, in some way, he has let them down.
“There would be others saying for an opportunity to play at the highest level and ply my trade professionally and be financially rewarded for it, I’m prepared to go without water skiing for 10 years if that’s what it’s going to take.”
Port Adelaide take on Melbourne in their season opener at the MCG on March 23rd.