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Pies formalise Beams retirement

Former Collingwood star Dayne Beams. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

THE retirement of Dayne Beams is now official as Collingwood finalised its list ahead of Wednesday’s first AFL lodgement deadline.

The Magpies have reached a settlement with Beams, who had two years to run on his contract.

Collingwood also confirmed the delisting of Rupert Willis and Flynn Appleby.

Beams hadn’t played at AFL level since Round 11, 2019 as he battled injury and mental health issues,

“Some time ago it became apparent to me that the demands of the game, which for many years I thrived on, were not helping my recovery,” Beams said.

“Once I understood this, it was easier to put my wellbeing and that of my family first. I am a father to two lovely children and a husband to Kelly, who I owe so much to.

“Challenges remain. That’s life. But with experience, understanding and the help of many people, I am in a stronger position to deal with them.

“I have many team-mates and staff at Collingwood to thank for helping me through a particularly tough time. The club’s understanding, patience and care were always there, and the fact we were able to come to a mutual agreement is important to me.

“Many at Brisbane also shared and supported me through my journey. I thank the Lions.”

Beams made 119 appearances for Collingwood and 58 for Brisbane.

He was a member of the Magpies’ 2010 premiership team, and won the Copeland Trophy and was All-Australian in 2012.

At the Lions, he shared the Merrett-Murray Medal in 2015 and captained the club in 2017-18.

“Dayne can be proud of his career, which was a very good one, and the head high manner in which he has left the game,” Collingwood football boss Geoff Walsh, said.

“With the support of many people, not least his wife Kelly, Dayne has been able to meet a number of challenges that he has been very public about and which, ultimately, curtailed his career.

“His days of playing for Collingwood are over, but his connection to the club is not. He is written into the pages of the club’s history as a premiership player and Copeland Trophy winner.

“We wish him and his family the very best for a healthy and happy next phase of their lives.”

Wills departs Collingwood after 23 matches in five seasons, while Appleby featured 11 times at AFL level in three seasons.

“Collingwood thanks Rupert and Flynn for their dedication, persistence and great character,” Walsh said.

“Both experienced tough luck with injuries and endured extended periods out of the game but fought their way back.

“It was a credit to them, and we wish them well. They are made of good stuff.”