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Brisbane Lions chief executive Greg Swann has admitted the Lions must offer more draft picks to secure Dayne Beams from Collingwood.
Beams has asked to return to his home state to be closer to his father, who has been battling cancer for the past few years.
The Lions initially offered the pick no.4 (now no.5 after Melbourne were handed no.3 as compensation for James Frawley), however that was turned down by the Magpies.
Collingwood want a ready-made player and a firsr-round draft pick for Beams, and are believed to be interested in either of Pierce Hanley, Jack Redden, Dayne Zorko and James Aish.
Speaking on AFL Trade Radio, Swann was confident that a deal would be struck.
“We’ve kept dialogue going, we have been talking with Collingwood – they’ve been a bit sidetracked with a couple of other things going on,” Swann said.
“We understand that we’ve got to offer a little bit more (from) the picks point of view, but we don’t have any players (to offer).
“We think it’s way overs, the quality of players that Collingwood has asked for as well as pick five.
“We’ve looked at adding a second-round pick and we’ll see where we go with that.”
Swann also admitted that trading both picks 5 and 25 could be an option.
Collingwood have issued its own deadline of 5pm Friday for the deal to be done, although the trade window officially shuts next Thursday.