It is a familiar story, with different cities and different names to be sure, but just as last year found us reporting about Gary Ablett and his attempt to escape Gold Coast, this year finds us reporting that Dayne Beams is attempting to break his contract with the Brisbane Lions and return to Victoria, with the preferred destination being Collingwood.
The Lions have Beams contracted until the end of 2020, but he described mental health issues following the death of his father in March of 2018. Perhaps in an effort to escape stress, he gave up the captaincy of the Lions and was second in the club’s best and fairest vote, behind just Dayne Zorko.
“I’ve had some struggles through the year to be honest with you,” Beams said at the best and fairest. I’ve thought about going back to Melbourne and obviously those discussions happened and I’m not going to lie to you, they were thoughts that went through my head, but the one thing I kept coming back to is this group and you blokes.
He went on to say at the end of the season that he wanted to stay with Brisbane, but is now reputed to be in pursuit of a return to the Magpies, where he spent the first six seasons of his AFL career and secured a piece of the Grand Final win in 2010.
Being the best and fairest in Brisbane, apparently, requires one to be named Dayne.
Beams joined the Lions in 2015, so he has not endured what Ablett endured with the Suns, but since he took the ground for Brisbane, he has experienced only 11 wins in 58 appearances over the span of four seasons.
Beams averaged 29.1 disposals over the course of the 2018 AFL Premiership competition, so Brisbane is not likely to part willingly with a player of his calibre.