Brereton says Collingwood cannot afford to lose any more of its top-end talent.
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Hawthorn premiership winner Dermott Brereton says Collingwood must make compromises if they want to keep star midfielder Dayne Beams in 2015 and beyond.
Collingwood announced on Wednesday that Beams informed the club of his desire to be traded to a Queensland club on compassionate grounds.
The Magpies have stated that they are looking to work with Beams to reach a deal that would allow the player to spend more time with his family in Brisbane, and Brereton says the club should be doing everything in its power to try and keep the 24-year-old at the Westpac Centre.
“The first thing you’re going to try and do is have a conversation with him about how you can retain him and still have him,” Brereton told SEN Radio on Thursday.
“You’re going to have to concede some areas if you want to retain him and have him travel regularly to his father’s side.
“You’re going to have to make those concessions but you’d want to keep him, you’d definitely want to keep him.”
Brereton said the Magpies simply cannot afford to lose any more of its star talent.
“Just about everyone that has left that club since their premiership has succumbed to age, a few of them, or Collingwood has assisted them go out the door,” he said.
“Collingwood’s list is markedly lesser than 2010, 2011 Grand Final loss. They can’t afford to have good, ripping top-end talent keep going out the door.
“Because of his age in the system, he’s already established as a bona-fide star.
“He’s not a restricted free agent, he’s not even up to seven years yet so he has an enormous tenure left at the top level, so he’s currency should be absolutely top grade.”