Brisbane remain confident Dayne Beams will join the AFL club next month, but Collingwood are ready to play hardball according to list manager Derek Hine.
Brisbane fear feted free agent James Frawley could hurt their hopes of landing Dayne Beams in the AFL trade period.
Brisbane and Collingwood are already butting heads over the future of Beams.
Trade period does not start until Monday, but both sides have made forthright declarations about a midfielder who looms as the face of the off-season frenzy.
Beams, who won the Magpies’ best and fairest award in 2012, informed the club last week he wanted to be traded to the Lions.
Collingwood have been unable to persuade the 24-year-old to stay, coach Nathan Buckley saying on the weekend he wants a ready-made player in return.
Lions football manager Dean Warren opined on Monday that pick No.4 would be “very fair” compensation.
Magpies list manager Derek Hine dismissed the offer on Tuesday.
“Clearly he’s an elite player in the competition … it’s going to take a little bit more than pick four,” Hine told AFL Trade Radio.
The Lions may not even be in a position to offer pick No.4.
Demons coach Paul Roos has repeatedly stated pick No.3 would be fair compensation should in-demand free agent Frawley leave the club.
If the AFL agrees, that would push the Lions’ first-round selection down to No.5.
“Melbourne have done a really good job of trying to sell the world that they’ll get pick three for James Frawley,” Brisbane chief executive Greg Swann told AFL Trade Radio
“But we certainly don’t (think that is fair).”
Swann noted it was “almost like there’s lines drawn in the sand” regarding the Beams deadlock, but was upbeat Beams would join brother Claye in Brisbane.
Lions recruiting chief Peter Schwab was likewise confident of a deal.
“History says that most players will get where they want to go,” Schwab told radio station SEN.
Aside from the vastly different expectations, the situation is further complicated by the fact Beams is contracted to Collingwood for next season.
Hine reaffirmed Buckley’s stance that the club wanted a like-for-like replacement for Beams.
Given the Lions’ reluctance to trade away their stars, a three-way deal will almost certainly need to be brokered.
But don’t expect the Magpies to lead the charge.
“Well, yeah. He’s a contracted player,” Hine said when asked whether other sides needed to do “all the work” to make a suitable trade happen.
The Lions shape as one of the most active players in trade period.
Aside from Swann’s earlier promise to splash the cash and recruit some top talent, key defenders Daniel Merrett and Joel Patfull are considering their futures.
*Retired Melbourne ruck-forward Mitch Clark seeking a trade to Geelong
*Free agent Shaun Higgins quit the Western Bulldogs, with North Melbourne and another club in the running for his services
*Western Bulldogs key forward Liam Jones seeking a trade to Carlton
*Gold Coast ruckman Daniel Gorringe wants to return to Adelaide.