However his early return to training is a clear signal that he is ready to get back to his best in 2020 despite his 2019 hip surgery and time off due to mental illness.
Beams was snapped at the club on Monday holding the self-help book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F—. Captain Scott Pendlebury was also out on the track early for the Pies.
Beams’ return cost the Pies two first-round draft picks and pick 56 in 2018. He in contracted to the end of 2022.
Meanwhile Collingwood’s sole trade period recruit Darcy Cameron is relishing his fresh start in Melbourne and isn’t daunted about fighting for a spot among the Magpies’ tall stocks.
Cameron, 24, has only played one AFL game after being selected by Sydney in the 2016 draft, but looks to have come to Collingwood with the job of putting pressure on the club’s current forward/part-time ruck option, Mason Cox.
“No matter what, there is always going to be competition with your role,” Cameron said on Monday. “I am just looking at it day by day and whatever happens round one, we will see.
“Obviously they’ve got the No.1 ruck role set in stone [with Brodie Grundy] but I would like to explore my time down forward. I did that a few years ago and really enjoyed that position and if that means I can give Brodie Grundy a chop out in the ruck, that’d be good.”
The 204-centimetre West Australian said his body was feeling fine, he has had a history of quad and PCL problems, and that he was keen to learn from Grundy.
“He [Grundy] is a good bloke, I obviously met Mason today and Brodie gave me a message after it [the trade] all happened,” Cameron said.
“I had Coxy [Dean Cox] up in Sydney … to be able to learn some of the key things from him, obviously one of the best ruckman to play the game.
“Now to be playing with one of the best ruckmen in the comp, to learn a few things from him will be crucial.”
Cameron said one of the reasons Collingwood were keen on him was his marking ability.
“My strength is my marking,” he said. “And being able to kick goals. That’s what attracted them.
“Once I got through the growth spurt and the uncoordinated stage I started being able to take them and I always work on them.”
Anthony is a sports reporter at The Age.