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Beams to stay with Pies

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Jake Niall

Dayne Beams' stocks have risen significantly this year.

Dayne Beams' stocks have risen significantly this year. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

IN-FORM Collingwood midfielder Dayne Beams has all but agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension that will tie him to the club until the end of 2015.

Sources say Beams will sign on with the Magpies in a deal estimated at approximately $1.1 million, as the club steadily ticks off its list of out-of-contract players.

Beams' stocks have risen significantly this year, with his former coach, Mick Malthouse, even suggesting on the weekend that the 22-year-old midfielder could be a Brownlow medal chance.

The imminent re-signing of Beams leaves Travis Cloke as the major contractual issue for the Magpies, who also have all-Australian centre half-back Ben Reid, Sharrod Wellingham, Harry O'Brien and Tyson Goldsack still to sign. The club began the season with a dozen players players coming out of contract and have since re-signed key players Scott Pendlebury, Heath Shaw, Steele Sidebottom and Jarryd Blair, with Beams the next to commit.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has maintained that the club would be able to keep all the players that it wanted, despite the widespread perception and real possibility that the Magpies will struggle to keep their list intact. They also have veterans Chris Tarrant and Ben Johnson coming of contract, who would cost the club relatively little - given the discount for the veterans allowance - if they choose to play on in 2013. Dane Swan and Alan Didak qualify for veteran status next year.

Beams missed the opening game and a period of the pre-season but has shown marked improvement since then, averaging 30.4 disposals, 10.6 contested possessions and booting 13 goals in a predominantly midfield role. Like Blair and Sidebottom, he is seen to have relished the extra midfield duties created by the season-ending knee injury to Luke Ball.

Beams has played 73 games for Collingwood since his debut in 2009, his first season, and booted 74 goals. He missed last year's grand final, ruling himself out with a groin injury, but has emerged as one of the major reasons the Pies have been able to weather the loss of Ball and other injuries this season. He has accumulated more than 30 disposals in nine of his 14 games this year and has never failed to win more than 20.

Meanwhile, the AFL has indicated that Geelong's meeting with Port Adelaide's out-of-contract midfielder Travis Boak did not violate the rules that relate to players in contract or poaching.

The AFL's general manager of football operations, Adrian Anderson, said last night that meeting a player, in the manner that Geelong did with Boak, did not breach the rules.

''The rule says you can't enter into a contract, arrangement or understanding, it doesn't say you can't talk to someone,'' he said.

Port has expressed disappointment with the nature of the Geelong meeting.

The AFL is reviewing the rule (4.7) relating to poaching, the question of whether players can commit to another club when coming out of contract because free agency has created a situation in which a player can have certainty that he will be playing for a specific, different club in the next season. It has sought input from the clubs on the issue, and the league has made plain to clubs that it does not want free agency to create a culture like NRL, in which a player can be open - and quite public - in reaching a deal with a different team in the course of a season.

Geelong took a contingent to Adelaide - skipper Joel Selwood, champion Jimmy Bartel and coach Chris Scott - to meet Boak. Scott said yesterday that the meeting was necessary because Port had put Boak under pressure to make a decision and Boak had to have the options in front of him before making a decision.

10 comments

  • If Cloke ends up signing on with the Pies then the Collingwood front office should all go and work for the IMF -best creative accountants ever!!!!!! or better still Ted Ballieu, then we can all reap the rewards even if you aint a Collingwood fan!!!

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    Clive Balmer
    Location
    King of Gold Coast
    Date and time
    July 18, 2012, 7:44AM
    • If you knew how contracts work you would know they all go through the league's TPP boss who ensures salary caps are not broken. Audits are conducted on all clubs.

      Commenter
      TPP Man
      Date and time
      July 18, 2012, 10:48AM
  • I was thinking last night, it'd be funny if he left for the big bucks, then everyone could see how average he would be if he wasn't playing in a strong side.

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    spaceben
    Location
    the real world
    Date and time
    July 18, 2012, 8:43AM
    • If this is true, it's good news for us Pie fans. I'm pleased to see that the silly and self-indulgent Travis Cloke negotiations are not standing in the way of better players getting re-signed. The remaining player contracts should be renewed and Cloke's done last.

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      Joffa2
      Date and time
      July 18, 2012, 8:55AM
      • Quality is Beams. Good get by Collingwood. I would love him at the Swannies. We want Ben Reid.

        Commenter
        Fiscally Obese
        Date and time
        July 18, 2012, 10:10AM
        • What does Adrian Anderson think Scott and co. did when they sat down with Boak - swap kniiting patterns? If they weren't entering into an understanding, what were they doing?

          Commenter
          johnjinsf
          Date and time
          July 18, 2012, 10:51AM
          • So he hasn't signed yet... Wow Jake other journos must be wondering how you got that exclusive...

            Commenter
            Countin's The Silverware
            Location
            Visy Park
            Date and time
            July 18, 2012, 11:44AM
            • Thank goodness for football Beams. Otherwise I think busking in Federation square as a living mosaic might be your only other option.

              Commenter
              Seriously
              Date and time
              July 18, 2012, 4:30PM
              • Let Travis Cloke go. He is not worth$1 million a year, not even $800,000. A good contested mark who can't kick straight. Keep the salary cap for the others.

                Cloke is good at CHF only because the Pies' midfield feed him the ball. It is Swan, Thomas, Ball, Beams and Sidebottom who do the hard work in getting the ball up to the 50 quickly and accurately. They are the ones who make Cloke look good. He's too slow and he doesn't chase when the ball goes to the ground.

                Let him go to Freo and see how he does there. Good luck to them.

                Commenter
                George313
                Date and time
                July 19, 2012, 12:16AM
                • Gr8 comment Joffa2. Make sure the rest of the team are signed up. Maybe that'll scare the Clokes into action.
                  Cloke's a good footballer but would he be that good in an ordinary team. He works hard, but needs to, to get results,. Not a gr8 kick either.
                  Besides who in their right mind would want to leave one of the big 4 clubs?

                  Commenter
                  Scaringi
                  Date and time
                  July 19, 2012, 8:10AM
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