Dayne Beams named new Lions skipper
AFL: Dayne Beams has been anointed as Brisbane's skipper for 2017, narrowly edging out his predecessor Tom Rockliff and two-time best and fairest winner Dayne Zorko for the top job.
Beams, 27, won the tight leadership battle despite having only played two matches last season because of persistent knee problems.
The change in leadership coincides with a period of renewal at the club, with Chris Fagan taking over the coaching reigns from Justin Leppitsch.
Beams will be supported by vice-captain Tom Rockliff and deputy vice-captain Dayne Beams, with Stefan Martin, Allen Christensen, Ryan Lester and Harris Andrews rounding out the leadership group.
"I'm deeply honoured to be given the privilege to captain the footy club," Beams said yesterday.
"The overriding thing is that I am really passionate about the footy club and where it's headed.
"I've played under three captains now and I've learnt from each of them. I'm excited for the challenge. I lead by example and I do what I say."
Beams played 110 games for Collingwood, including the 2010 premiership, before moving back to Queensland to play alongside his younger brother, Claye, at the end of 2014.
While he had an outstanding first season at the Lions - winning the club's 2015 best and fairest in a four-way tie - knee tendinitis restricted Beams to only two performances last year.
Nonetheless, Beams suggested he was confident his body would bounce back to optimum fitness this season.
"It's always the question mark that's going to be around me: will my body hold up?" Beams said.
"It's a fair question. What I can say is I've done everything possible ... to make sure I'll play every game this year. I've got full confidence my body will hold up."
Beams said he was equally confident of working with Rockliff, despite the dynamic between the pair shifting.
"I need his support and Tom is really open to supporting me. I've learnt a lot from Tom," Beams said.
"When Chris (Fagan) came in he had a clean slate for all players and what I can say of Tom over the last four months is he's been very, very good.
"He's worked on a lot of things. I couldn't be happier to have him in my corner."
Fagan said Beams had made an immediate impression on him, and that he was confident Brisbane would be well placed to tackle 2017 under his leadership.
"Dayne was the first person to call me when I got the job. I came to understand that he's massively passionate about the footy club," Fagan said.