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Re-signing Beams to add to Pies' rising cap pressure


Caroline Wilson

Dayne Beams' price is believed to have jumped to near $500,000 a season.

Dayne Beams' price is believed to have jumped to near $500,000 a season. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

COLLINGWOOD'S out-of-contract young gun Dayne Beams has placed more pressure on the Magpies' already strained salary cap. Armed with a new manager and two months of All-Australian form, Beams could jump the queue ahead of Travis Cloke, whose failure to reach a deal with the club has seen a series of negotiations pushed to one side.

Beams, best on ground in Saturday's three-point win over West Coast, recently parted company with Alastair Lynch's and Peter Blucher's Velocity Sports, employing the services of Paul Connors, who last night confirmed he had opened talks with the Magpies.

Connors, who also manages Beams' close friend Steele Sidebottom, said that while a family holiday would put off talks until early next month he was hopeful of reaching a deal soon. Beams is understood to have decided to move to Connors for logistical reasons. While he was close with former Velocity Sports player manager Mark Kleiman, the bulk of Lynch's team is based in Beams' former home state of Queensland.

Travis Cloke... failure to reach a deal with the club has seen a series of negotiations pushed to one side.

Travis Cloke... failure to reach a deal with the club has seen a series of negotiations pushed to one side. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Cloke's refusal to accept Collingwood's original four-year offer and the dispute over money has put off meaningful negotiations with such highly regarded teammates as Ben Reid, Sharron Wellingham and Harry O'Brien. Beams' pre-season was badly hampered by injury and he began 2012 in the VFL, but his price since is believed to have jumped to near $500,000 a season.

It looks impossible for the Magpies to retain all those players after recently completed big deals with Dale Thomas and Scott Pendlebury. While Beams was initially keen to strike a two-year agreement, the Magpies would be keen to secure the 22-year-old forward-midfielder until the end of 2015. Dane Swan has indicated he plans to retire at the end of 2014.

The increasing likelihood for Cloke is that - should he remain at Collingwood as expected - his failure to come to terms with the club early in the season could end up costing him. Beams' improvement has increased his value while Cloke and his family have refused until this week to budge on their push for a five-year deal.

Yesterday, Cloke's father, David, indicated on the AFL's website that he could compromise to a four-year agreement if the money was right. Cloke is 25 and is understood to want $800,000 a year from Collingwood. He is believed to be fielding several big money offers - most significantly a long-term multi-million offer from Fremantle.

Coach Nathan Buckley recently indicated on Channel Nine that he was not a fan of five-year agreements, a view shared by club chief executive Gary Pert.


  • Why do you continue to try and undermine Collingwood? Why is the situation there so different to Geelong re-signing all their stars? How do you know that Thomas, Pendlebury and Swan agreed to figures lower than the media touted? The Pies would be better off now signing all these other uncontracted players and just tell Cloke snr what is left and to take it or jump. There is a player on the list named Jackson Paine who will fit right in when given more chances. Travis made the mistake of listening to his old man.

    Date and time
    June 26, 2012, 7:01AM
    • You forget that Geelong lost Garry Ablett, best player in the team and the league. There is no way that Collingwood can keep all these players unless Eddy has found a way to swindle the system.

      Date and time
      June 26, 2012, 7:46AM
    • I suspect the Pies will do what the lions did. Take pay cuts and back end some contracts to keep this group together while the premiership window is well and truly open. My tip is other than retirements the pies wont lose any of this group over the next 3 years but a little pain after that. Enjoy the next 3 years my fellow pie fans it should be a great ride.

      Date and time
      June 26, 2012, 8:55AM
    • MH, yes its going to be a great ride, with kids like Sinclair, Paine, Elliott, Ugle, Williams already starring, its going to be a long,long ride too. !Plus, we have Witts in the magoos, a man mountain -oneday-who is the height of Freos monster, Sandilands. !

      Dandenong nth
      Date and time
      June 26, 2012, 10:35AM
    • Uumm! that's "Sharrod" Wellingham not "Sharron"

      Mach 1
      Date and time
      June 26, 2012, 10:57AM
  • Note him and Steele are real tight and he has pubically thanked Collingwood for its support and has stated his wish for more premierships. But going to be hard to keep him, but maybe this is a possibility in order to keep him as free's up a fair bit of space.

    Wellingham (not that I want to see him go) , Buckley (he can go) to WA (Freo or Perth) - For a first round draft pick or player & second round

    Some of Johnson, Didak & Tarrant - Retire

    Date and time
    June 26, 2012, 7:18AM
    • Buckley for a first round pick? hahahaha

      the real world
      Date and time
      June 26, 2012, 9:20AM
    • You're kidding yourself if you think you will get 2 picks for Buckley.

      Proud Victorian
      Date and time
      June 26, 2012, 9:27AM
    • Wellingham? Are you nuts?
      Though with Buckley's recent performances he may as well be playing for another team as he seems to kick it to his opposition more than his teammates.

      Date and time
      June 26, 2012, 10:21AM
    • Slow footy news day is it Caro. ? We all know you must loathe seeing the Pies top of the tree, despite our massive run of injuries. In my view, we will have room in our cap, because we will have a few retirements at seasons end, like Johnno and Didak.

      Dandenong nth
      Date and time
      June 26, 2012, 10:31AM

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