Beams happy with Magpies rather than place in the Suns

24 Jul

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By Rebecca Palma, Bond University journalism student

Gold Coast AFL product Dayne Beams does not regret his decision to turn his back on the Gold Coast Suns, despite Collingwood’s loss to the home-side on Saturday.

The Palm Beach junior-turned-Collingwood Magpies key midfielder said he was happy at the Magpies and had no short-term plans to return to the Coast.

“You never know what’s going to happen, but at the moment I’m really happy at Collingwood,” he said.

“I’m enjoying my footy and enjoying my life in Melbourne, so at this stage I’d say no [to playing with the Suns].”

Beams’ development as a player has been confirmed by some undeniable player statistics that can be attributed to his time at the Magpies and can justify his gamble of rejecting to sign with the Suns in 2008, before the AFL draft pick.

Having played in the Queensland Australian Football League’s (QAFL) Southport Sharks before-hand, Beams said he was at the stage where he wanted to get straight into the AFL system rather than wait for the Suns’ 2011 start.

“I entered the draft as a second round selection,” he said.

“I was pick number 29 overall, and the result was a dream come true.”

In 2009 Beams played 18 games and in 2010, 25 games and a premiership were added to his belt.

“I would have been 43 games and a premiership behind if I stayed with the Suns.”

Last season his career was capped by winning Collingwood’s Copeland Trophy for the best-and-fairest player, as well as gaining All-Australian selection.

Beams’ mother Sharene Christie said that she would support her son no matter where he chooses to play.

“He has really grown as both a man and a professional footballer in his time at Collingwood,” she said.

“I am so proud to call him my son.”

Being the mother of a footballer is not unusual for Ms Christie as her younger son, Claye, plays for the Brisbane Lions.

Caption: Dayne Beams walks off the field at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night after Collingwood’s loss to the Suns

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