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AFL star Beams re-signs with Collingwood
By Sam Lienert
18:15 AEST Thu Aug 16 2012

Re-signed Collingwood midfielder Dayne Beams says individuals sometimes need to pay a price to be part of a successful AFL club.

In what could be interpreted as a message to in-demand teammate Travis Cloke and other out-of-contract Magpies, Beams also said he was happy to have contract distractions out of the way before the finals.

The 22-year-old, who withdrew from Collingwood's grand final side last year rather than play with a groin injury, has committed to the Magpies until the end of 2015.

He has stepped up this year in the absence of injured star Luke Ball to the extent that he is among the competition's top 10 Brownlow Medal fancies.

Beams is averaging more than 30 disposals per game and was best afield in last weekend's win over top-placed Sydney, with 34 touches and three goals, including the sealer.

"Dayne is rapidly becoming the player many suspected he could be," Magpies football manager Geoff Walsh said.

Walsh said Beams, like other Magpies that have signed contracts this season, was putting team success first.

Asked whether the recent decision to stall contract talks with Cloke had helped speed up Beams' deal, Walsh said there was room for every player who "wants to be part of Collingwood."

"The thing is, you've got to want to be part of Collingwood, so if you want to be part of Collingwood, we'll be able to accommodate you," Walsh said.

Along with Cloke, who is fielding five-year, $1 million-per-season offers from Fremantle and Melbourne among numerous suitors, the Magpies still need to re-sign players including Sharrod Wellingham, Ben Reid, Harry O'Brien and Tyson Goldsack.

Asked if he had a message for those yet to commit, Beams said success came when players made sacrifices to stick together.

"I don't know what goes on inside other guys' heads but for me it was just, if you want to be at a successful organisation, I think you've got to pay a price sometimes," he told reporters, according to the AFL website.

"I think we've seen over the years at Geelong, with those teams and successful sides, all their players have stuck together and as you can see now, they've been a really successful team for a long period of time."

Meanwhile, Richmond's Kelvin Moore and Brad Miller have announced their AFL retirements, effective immediately.

Defender Moore has had two seasons wrecked by severe hip injuries.

Former Melbourne forward Miller has added depth in attack in 24 games over two years with the Tigers, who picked him up as a mature-aged rookie.


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