IT TOOK a tragic situation off the field to get him north, but the acquisition of superstar onballer Dayne Beams is turning out to be everything the Brisbane Lions had hoped for.
With dad Phillip having been diagnosed with bowel cancer, Beams' decision to leave Collingwood and head home to Queensland was black and white.
Though he grew up on the Gold Coast, and his family still lives there, Beams was happy to overlook the Suns - just as he did in 2008 when opting to take his chances in the draft - and join the mob just up the road at the Gabba and play with younger brother Claye.
Few big-name recruits in recent seasons have hit the ground running at their new clubs as well as Beams. Amid the carnage of the first five rounds, no Lion stood up as much as the 25-year-old.
And with his teammates lifting to the point the Lions have now won their past two games - and the fact his dad's cancer is in remission - Beams can really begin enjoying his time back in the Sunshine State.
Sitting seventh for overall disposals (averaging 28.7), seventh for inside-50s and ninth for clearances, Beams is so far earning the reported $700,000 a year he's on, which is more than you can say about another ex-Magpie midfielder believed to be on the same cash at Carlton, Dale Thomas.
While there has been so much focus on the "go-home factor" working against Brisbane - and could do again with South Australian James Aish - it's nice to see it flipped in Beams' case.
Luke McGuane, Ben Hudson and Andrew Raines are the only other Queenslanders who have returned "home" in the past 10 years, to Brisbane, with varying degrees of success.
Among the 35 Queenslanders on senior AFL lists, the former state under-18 captain is now one of eight at the Lions. The Suns also have eight, with St Kilda and Collingwood (still) four each.
In what has been a torrid start to the season for Queensland footy - with the blowtorch having been placed on Brisbane and Gold Coast for extended periods, and Magpies Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas being "provisionally suspended" over the use of banned substances - Beams has been one of the shining lights for the state.
The others are another former Magpie teammate Adam Oxley, who has cemented his place in Nathan Buckley's team, David Armitage, who has become "the man" at St Kilda, and Tom Bell, who surely must be leading the best and fairest at Carlton.
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