Beams looms as selection ray of light for Pies
Collingwood is set to regain prodigal recruit Dayne Beams for the Thursday night clash with the Brisbane Lions team that he captained last year.
Beams was a late withdrawal from the Collingwood 22 that overcame the Western Bulldogs with what was described as a migraine, but was back at the club on Sunday and is expected to train on Tuesday and travel up to the Gabba for a rematch with his former team, which reluctantly agreed to trade him from for personal reasons back in October.
Beams will replace the versatile Chris Mayne, who will miss with a small fracture in his back that the Magpies are optimistic will not be a long-term injury, although Mayne has suffered considerable pain since he left the field early in the Bulldogs game.
Beams will speak to the media alongside coach Nathan Buckley today.
The appearance of Beams will add some theatre to a match that is expected to draw more than 30,000 on Good Friday eve, in what shapes as the biggest occasion at the Gabba for several years, if not since the Lions last played finals in 2009.
The Lions received two first-round selections – Collingwoods 2018 and 2019 first picks – for Beams, who had two years to run on a heavily frontloaded contract when he was traded back to his first AFL club, where he retained close relationships with 2010 premiership teammate Steele Sidebottom and others at the Holden Centre.
Beams, 29, subsequently signed a new four-year deal with Collingwood that will see him contracted until the end of 2022. He had struggled with mental health battlesRead More – Source