Can the Pies do a deal for Beams?
THE on-off Dayne Beams saga has best resembled a 1982 rock classic titled "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" by British punk band The Clash.
For most on the 2018 season he has been toing and froing between remaining with Brisbane in his home state or returning to Collingwood where he first made his name as an on-baller of substance between 2009-2014.
Now he has indicated he wants to return to the Pies, a club that already boasts a potent midfield that is the envy of most rival teams.
So what to give up for a contracted 28-year-old who remains at the peak of his considerable powers? And how many midfielders can you have, although players of Beams' class are rarely, if ever, ignored when the opportunity arises.
Because he's contracted it means the Lions retain the whip hand and that puts the pressure on Collingwood to give up more than they may necessarily want, telling me that Beams will remain a Lion unless a serious attractive offer to the Lions is made.
Tom Langdon would get the deal done in a heartbeat but he's potentially going to a place not quite as far north in the form of Sydney.
So before you get your hopes up Pies fans, don't count your magpies before they hatch because this deal has a lot left in it, or very little if Brisbane holds Beams to his contract which they are currently intending to do.