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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Fagan hits back at Beams trade reports


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Brisbane coach Chris Fagan has hit back at reports that star midfielder Dayne Beams has requested a trade to Collingwood, saying he is puzzled by the reports.

Speculation around Beams' playing future was rife after AFL reporter Damian Barrett told NAB AFL Trade Radio on Thursday morning that Beams had asked for a move back to the Magpies for personal reasons.

However, speaking to SEN Afternoons, Fagan denied that the 28-year-old had approached the club asking for a move away. 

"He has not requested a trade," Fagan said.

"There's been nothing come through to our club. We'll be surprised.

"I had a conversation with Dayne post-season during our normal exit interviews with our players, he was bright and bubbly about the future of our footy club and looking forward to continuing with us."

Beams endured a tough season in 2018 after the passing of his father, and stepped down from the captaincy for mental health reasons. 

However, the veteran midfielder is a vital part of an upcoming Brisbane Lions squad that is poised to explode next season, particularly if Fremantle star Lachie Neale arrives during the trade period. 

Fagan did admit that he had not spoken to Beams since the news broke on Thursday morning, but believed he would have heard from the midfielder himself if he was discontent at the Lions.

"I don't want to insult him because I'm pretty sure we have a relationship that if he was feeling that way, that he would come chat to me about him," Fagan said.

"I'm inclined to think I would have heard from him by now." 

Brisbane coach Chris Fagan has hit back at reports that star midfielder Dayne Beams has requested a trade to Collingwood, saying he is puzzled by the reports.

Speculation around Beams' playing future was rife after AFL reporter Damian Barrett told NAB AFL Trade Radio on Thursday morning that Beams had asked for a move back to the Magpies for personal reasons.

However, speaking to SEN Afternoons, Fagan denied that the 28-year-old had approached the club asking for a move away. 

"He has not requested a trade," Fagan said.

"There's been nothing come through to our club. We'll be surprised.

"I had a conversation with Dayne post-season during our normal exit interviews with our players, he was bright and bubbly about the future of our footy club and looking forward to continuing with us."

Beams endured a tough season in 2018 after the passing of his father, and stepped down from the captaincy for mental health reasons. 

However, the veteran midfielder is a vital part of an upcoming Brisbane Lions squad that is poised to explode next season, particularly if Fremantle star Lachie Neale arrives during the trade period. 

Fagan did admit that he had not spoken to Beams since the news broke on Thursday morning, but believed he would have heard from the midfielder himself if he was discontent at the Lions.

"I don't want to insult him because I'm pretty sure we have a relationship that if he was feeling that way, that he would come chat to me about him," Fagan said.

"I'm inclined to think I would have heard from him by now." 

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