Collingwood are refusing to comment on reports that Brisbane Lions midfielder Dayne Beams will look to be traded back to Melbourne to play with the Magpies before the end of this year's trade period, although the 28-year-old is understood to be open to the prospect.
The former captain, who joined the Lions at the end of 2014 and is contracted until the end of 2020, has not officially requested a trade from the Lions and has not told key officials that he wants to do so during this trade period.
Dayne Beams has not made an official trade request.Credit:AAP
But it is clear he intends to return to Melbourne when his contract expires in two years and he wants to play for Collingwood.
Fairfax Media understands he would be open to a trade to join the Magpies in 2019 if it was possible, although there is an acceptance from all parties that Collingwood's current pick 18 would not be enough to get the deal done.
Beams, who has been in Melbourne and attended this year's grand final to watch Collingwood, is understood to have told former teammates at the Magpies in recent weeks that he wants to join them in the black and white again.
AFL trade radio reported on Thursday morning that Beams would request a trade before next Wednesday due to "personal circumstances" and the Lions have been well aware of his desire to get back to Melbourne understanding that he would leave at the end of 2020.
However, he attended teammate Jarrod Berry's shave for charity in Horsham on the weekend and gave no indication he wanted to leave.
The club thought they had dealt with his concerns and he would play with them in 2019 with his speech at their recent best-and-fairest night confirming those thoughts.
"I’ve had some struggles through the year to be honest with you,” Beams said at the best and fairest.
"I’ve thought about going back to Melbourne and obviously those discussions happened and I’m not going to lie to you, they were thoughts that went through my head, but the one thing I kept coming back to is this group and you blokes.
"I bloody love you, like I really do. The amount of support you’ve shown me over the last six months, it’s been unreal. I use to say to Kelly all the time, I didn’t know where I sat in the group when I first came here but the last six months have been unbelievable.
"I’ve been able to connect with you on such a good level and I can’t wait to see us progress as a football team and a footy club and have some success, because I know it’s just around the corner. That was a really driving factor in me wanting to stay here and stick around so I love where we are going and I love you boys."
However, with the possibility still on the agenda the next consideration is how the deal gets done with the Magpies only holding pick 18 and needing points to secure next generation academy graduate Isaac Quaynor and father-son prospect Will Kelly.
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