BRISBANE Lions star Dayne Beams’ move to Collingwood could be the kick-starter to a number of trade deals.
The Pies are expected to part with Pick 18 in a deal for Beams, which is the selection Fremantle are keen on acquiring along with the Lions Pick 5 in exchange for Lachie Neale.
Herald Sun journalist Jon Ralph told Fox Footy’s The Trade Lowdown that Beams’ move is a deal that “unlocks” the Neale trade.
“Neale has been assured by Brisbane over the weekend, they will give up 5 and most likely 18, which of course they will get for this deal,” Ralph said on Fox Footy’s The Trade Lowdown.
The Pies are expected to give up a future first round pick along with their Pick 18, in order to secure a deal for Beams.
“The Pies don’t have any academy picks next year and Drew (Jones) is right about Quaynor and Kelly, they haven’t got any father-sons next year and so I think if they feel they can get this star midfielder in, they are pretty much right,” Ralph said.
“Even if they have to give up a first rounder and get a second rounder back next year. The feeling amongst the Pies is that this will happen and I think it’s going to happen at Brisbane too.”
Foxfooty.com.au senior reporter Tom Morris posed to St Kilda great Leigh Montagna whether two late first-round picks would please the Lions, with the Pies once again set to finish high up on the ladder.
“The Lions don’t want to lose him but equally they might not have a choice in the end even though he is contracted, because he’s adamant he wants to come back to the Pies,” Morris explained on Fox Footy’s The Trade Lowdown.
“My question for Joey is two first round picks, this year and next year — that might be two late first round picks, is that enough for Dayne Beams?”
But while Montagna urged the Lions to stand strong, he realistically believed it was about his value — similar to a deal done for Bryce Gibbs in 2017.
“I think that’s got to be the ballpark, Bryce Gibbs is a pretty good comparison, he was about the same age — had two first years to run on a contract — he went to Adelaide for about Picks 10 and 16 but Adelaide got back a second or third round pick,” Montagna explained.
“So I think two first round picks that are in the teens are probably fair. Now Brisbane might have to give Collingwood something back — maybe a second or third round pick, if that’s going to happen to get done, then I think that needs to get done.
“As I’ve said all the way along, I’d love the Brisbane Lions to try and keep Dayne Beams, it seems like he’s toing and froing with his decisions. Keep him at the football club, they’re on the rise and they are heading in the right direction. They need a player like him at the football club.”
If the Dockers acquire Pick 5 from Fremantle, it would give them the ability to potential restart negotiations with Melbourne star forward Jesse Hogan.
The on flow of Hogan’s move, could then see Gold Coast Sun Steven May head to Melbourne, via the Lions’ original Pick 5.