Sources said the Giants were not finished trading and were positioning for further activity on the last day of trades.
Dayne Beams thanked Collingwood for giving him the opportunity to live his “dream” but insisted his shift to the Brisbane Lions was for the best, after confirmation finally came that he was part of a mega-trade.
After days of wrangling, the much-debated deal featuring five clubs and centred around Beams, Mitch Clark, Travis Varcoe, Heritier Lumumba and Levi Greenwood was completed on Wednesday at AFL House.
Beams, one of the league’s premier midfielders, became a Lion in return for picks five and 25, while Lions youngster Jack Crisp joined Collingwood.
Beams had sought a trade to be closer to his ill father, while his brother, Claye, is also a Lion.
“Would like to thank the collingwood football club for the past 6 years. You gave me the opportunity to live my dream . Thankyou,” Beams said on Twitter.
“The decisions I’ve made are for what I think is best for myself, partner and family and that is all that matters to me at the end of the day.
“Lastly I’m looking forward to continuing my career with the lions and my best mate and my brother.”
As part of the deal, pick 25 was traded by the Pies to North Melbourne in exchange for Greenwood, while ex-Melbourne forward Clark joined Geelong in a three-way swap – with no draft choices – for Varcoe, who joined the Pies, and Melbourne-bound Lumumba.
The contractual terms with the players had been agreed in principle. Varcoe received a three-year deal with the Magpies and Greenwood four years. Lumumba has signed a four-year deal with Melbourne. Pick 67 went from Brisbane from Collingwood, a pick that the Pies would not have used.
The Clark-Varcoe-Lumumba deal, while separated from the Beams trade, was linked because Collingwood could not have traded Varcoe in without trading Beams out and would not have let Beams go unless Varcoe came in. And this required the release of Lumumba.
After nine days of negotiations, the parties eventually agreed the terms and did the five-way deal together.
The central part was Collingwood’s acceptance that it would receive pick 5, 25 and Crisp (in effect, 5, Greenwood and Crisp) for Beams.
Collingwood’s head of list management Derek Hine said it was crucial the club remained in finals contention next season.
“With Dayne and Heritier leaving, our objective was to make sure the team remained in a position to play finals in 2015 while continuing to build a critical mass of elite talent. I think we have achieved that,” he said.
“Levi Greenwood is a hard-nosed midfielder who moved into serious centre-square company this year.
“He found his niche this year and we feel he will be a multi-dimensional player for us. He’ll have some run-with roles as well, with the injury to Brent Macaffer.
“Travis Varcoe has speed, carry, a fine kick and big game success in his repertoire and we managed to get hold of Jack Crisp, who is an emerging 190-centimetre midfielder with good speed and endurance, a good inside game and a developing outside game.
“On top of that, we will be heading to the draft with two selections inside the top eight.”
Hine said the Magpies would use Varcoe as an outside runner.
The Pies’ director of football Rodney Eade said there were no hard feelings about premiership players Lumumba and Beams leaving.
“Collingwood was good for Heritier and Dayne and they were good for Collingwood,” Eade said. “They leave with records to be proud of and the club’s best wishes.”
Lions talent manager Peter Schwab was delighted Beams and Allen Christensen had joined the club.
“Dayne is one of the competition’s premier midfielders. He is an elite player and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Lions family,” Schwab said.
“Dayne expressed his desire to come to our footy club and, naturally, we were very keen to make that a reality. With Jack [Crisp] expressing a desire to relocate back to Victoria it enabled us to get a deal done that satisfied all parties involved.
“This trade period we have made a real effort to attract A-grade talent to our football club and with both Dayne and Allen coming on board this week I think we have been successful.
“With the likes of Rich, Rockliff, Redden, Hanley, Christensen and now Beams running through the midfield, you can’t help but get excited about the future of our football club.”
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Wuxi Plastic Surgery Hospital.