Magpies CEO Gary Pert says the club will do all it can to keep star midfielder Dayne Beams.
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Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert says the Magpies will do everything in its power to convince Dayne Beams to stay at the club after the midfielder requested a trade to a Queensland side.
Beams has one more year left to run on his contract at the Westpac Centre, however he has informed the Magpies of his desire to return to his home state to be closer to his ill father.
The 24-year-old has been closely linked to a move to join his brother at the Brisbane Lions, while the Gold Coast Suns also remain a viable option.
“As a contracted player we believe that the conversation we’re having at the moment, which is for Beamsy to remain a Collingwood player and to give him more opportunity during the preseason and during the season to be home with his family, is a good compromise and in the best interest of everyone,” Pert told SEN Radio on Thursday.
“At this stage we have got to look at what is the ideal scenario and what was put to us yesterday, which we take on board and respect the best solution for all parties.
“We’re talking about a player now that’s in the top 15 to 20 best players in the competition, we can be very considerate and sympathetic to the pressures that he’s feeling at the moment but at the same time he’s an important part of the club.”
If Beams were to leave, Collingwood would almost certainly demand the Lions’ pick no.4 in this year’s draft, as well as additional players and/or picks.