Beams still a Lions supporter ahead of return date

Beams explained on Tuesday that he retained a major soft spot for the club at which he spent four seasons.

“Because of most of our games this year have been Thursday and Friday night, I’ve actually had a chance to watch all the [Brisbane] games. I actually sit there like a supporter to be honest,” Beams said.

“I genuinely love watching them do well, because I’ve been there in the last four years when times have been tough, and last year was a step in the right direction, and you could see that things were going to change and turn.”

Revisiting the best and fairest speech, Beams maintained that he had believed at the time he would be seeing out his contract with the Lions.

“I guess at that stage I was informed that I was going to be staying at the footy club,” he said.

“They were a weird set of circumstances.”

He isn’t expecting too hostile a reception.

“When we used to play Collingwood at the Gabba, I used to get booed by Collingwood fans, and it was louder than the Brisbane fans,” Beams said.

“It could be interesting, I could actually get cheered.

“It’s something that I’ve done before, obviously playing for Brisbane and then having to play against Collingwood.

“It’s honestly just another game.”

He also clarified the dual ailments that felled him last week.

“I’m feeling better than I was last week. I had the gastro on the Monday and then obviously had the migraine on the Friday afternoon before the game. So it wasn’t ideal prep, hence why I was a late withdrawal.

While Beams will return, the Pies will be without Chris Mayne for Thursday night’s clash after the veteran hurt his back early in the win over the Dogs.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said the Pies would consider recalling Levi Greenwood to tag Lachie Neale but that such decisions had to be made within the context of team balance.

Daniel Wells returned via the VFL at the weekend with Buckley reiterating that the Pies would take a patient approach with the 34-year-old as he builds towards his first AFL appearance since midway through last year. Buckley also said that first-round draftee Isaac Quaynor was developing nicely but wouldn’t put a timeframe on when he may debut.

Daniel is an Age sports reporter.

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