Preparing for his first game against the Brisbane Lions since returning to Collingwood, Dayne Beams says he has felt like a Lions fan when watching their games this year.
Having overcome the migraine that kept him out of last Friday nights game against the Western Bulldogs, Beams is set to take on his former club at the Gabba on Thursday night.
Having declared in a speech at the Lions best and fairest last year that he would be remaining in Brisbane, the former Lions was sensationally traded back to the Pies only weeks later, rejoining a club he left at the end of 2014.
Beams absence hasnt appeared to thwart Brisbanes progress this year. Boosted by gun recruit Lachie Neale, the Lions won their first three games of the season before being soundly beaten by Essendon at the MCG on Saturday. Still, a 3-1 start to the season will help the Lions pack out the Gabba for the revived Easter Thursday blockbuster.
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, Ive 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 Ive 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 isnt 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.
“Its something that Ive done before, obviously playing for Brisbane and then having to play against Collingwood.
“Its honestly just another game.”
He also clarified the dual ailments that felled him last week.
“Im feeling better than I was last week. I had the gastro on the Monday and theRead More – Source