Collingwood will play hardball with want-away star Dayne Beams, who is chasing a move home to Queensland.
Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert says the Magpies will do everything possible to convince Dayne Beams to stay after the star midfielder requested a transfer to one of the Queensland AFL clubs for personal reasons.
Beams, who won Collingwood’s best and fairest award in 2012, has one more year to run on his current contract with the Magpies.
But he has told the club he wants to return to his home state to be closer to his ill father.
Beams has been closely linked to the Brisbane Lions, who already have his younger brother Claye on their list.
“As a contracted player we believe that the conversation we’re having at the moment, which is for Beamsy to remain a Collingwood player and to give him more opportunity during the pre-season and during the season to be home with his family, is a good compromise,” Pert told Radio SEN on Thursday.
“At this stage we have got to look at what is the ideal scenario and what was put to us yesterday, which we take on board and respect the best solution for all parties.
“We’re talking about a player now that’s in the top 15 to 20 best players in the competition.
“We can be very considerate and sympathetic to the pressures that he’s feeling at the moment but at the same time he’s an important part of the club.”
Former Brisbane captain Jonathan Brown urged the Magpies to strike a deal with the Lions.
“He’s a gun. We want him. We think we’re prepared to give up a draft pick for him and he wants to come,” Brown told the Nine Network.
“Hopefully it gets done.
“It’s about time we turned the tables on some of these Melbourne clubs and started to get some players back.”
When told that Beams was said to be chasing a five-year contract worth $800,000 a season, Brown replied “he’s worth it .. get him up there”.
Pert said Beams and his manager had told the Magpies he had not entered into any agreement with Brisbane.
“You hear about money being thrown around but we have got to take it at face value and go with what they’re saying to us,” said Pert.
“He’s right at the top of the tree as a talent and we haven’t even talked money.
“It’s not like he’s trading off against two different deals … he hasn’t talked to us about what money would look like moving forward, it can’t be a money thing.
“Without putting a figure on it, you’re always going to have to pay more money to take someone out of a club.
“Now if they’re contracted as well then it’s a whole different thing.”
Were Beams to insist on leaving, Collingwood would be certain to play hard-ball in any trade discussions.
Brisbane hold the No.4 pick in November’s national draft, although Collingwood would likely insist on even better compensation than that for a star player just entering his prime.
Although Beams wants to be traded to Brisbane, Pert said Gold Coast could also come into the equation.
Beams’ disgruntled 2010 premiership teammate Heritier Lumumba is also set to leave Collingwood during the trade period.