A year after Brisbane lost five players to the AFL’s go-home factor, they will strike a hard deal with Collingwood over Dayne Beams.
Beams and Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder are determined to seek new clubs, despite being under contract.
Beams wants to join his younger brother Claye at the Lions and Ryder’s preferred club is Port Adelaide.
Brisbane were left reeling after last season when Sam Docherty (Carlton), Patrick Karnezis (Collingwood), Bill Longer (St Kilda), Jared Polec (Port Adelaide) and Elliot Yeo (West Coast) walked out.
But now Beams, who was recruited from Gold Coast club Southport, looms as a massive boost for the improving Lions.
They are prepared to give up the No.4 pick in the national draft to recruit Beams, while Collingwood are determined to play hardball.
“As a club based in the northern markets, we understand the go-home factor … it’s quite relevant for us,” Lions football manager Dean Warren told AFL Trade Radio.
“We understand Collingwood’s position probably better than most.
“But we believe pick four is a very good pick … Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs) was pick four last year.
“You look at what’s fair and equitable, that’s a very fair trade.”
Player manager Paul Connors said on Monday there was no chance that Ryder and Beams would change their minds.
Ryder’s departure would be a major blow to Essendon and similarly Beams is a top midfielder at Collingwood.
Ryder wants out of Essendon because of the club’s ongoing supplements scandal.
“This is a purely welfare driven decision,” Connors said.
“All he’s saying is he wants to get out of Melbourne, out of Essendon, and he wants to play footy elsewhere.
“You can’t tell someone how to feel.
“He feels like he wants to play his footy elsewhere.”
Ryder could invoke a new clause in the standard AFL player’s agreement and take Essendon to court for a breach of contract, citing the supplements scandal, if they try to hold him to his current deal with the club.
Beams is contracted to the Magpies for another season, but also has a sick father in Byron Bay.
Connors said Beams only wants to go to the Lions.
“I’ve had some private discussions with Gold Coast – I think Brisbane is probably going to be able to do a better deal,” Connors said.
“He 99 per cent wants to go home and play with family.
“At this stage I’d like to deal exclusively with Brisbane.
“For Collingwood’s sake even, they’d be better off dealing with Brisbane.”
But Connors poured cold water on speculation that Adelaide star Patrick Dangerfield could leave the club after the sacking of coach Brenton Sanderson.
“He’s pretty happy at Adelaide at the moment,” Connors said.