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Selection: Beams to face Brisbane

Dayne Beams will line-up against his former teammates at the Gabba on Thursday night - Collingwood Magpies
Dayne Beams will line-up against his former teammates at the Gabba on Thursday night

Collingwood has made one change to its line-up for the round five clash against the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba on Thursday night.

After being a late withdrawal last week, Dayne Beams returns to face his former teammates. The classy midfielder will replace Chris Mayne who sustained a back injury against the Bulldogs.

The Pies’ midfield group will look to improve their chemistry through firsthand use from in-form ruckman Brodie Grundy.

“He (Grundy) wasn’t No.1 ruckman when I left (end of 2014) and we’re trying to figure out the chemistry with him and guys like Taylor Adams and Adam Treloar,” Beams said on Tuesday.

“It’s about finding that chemistry because you can have all the depth in the world but if you don’t make it work then there’s no real point.”

Coach Nathan Buckley believes the 29-year-old is a real asset to the Collingwood side and is straight back in after missing round four through illness.

“We believe that the strengths he (Beams) brings to the table help us play better footy, and I look forward to seeing that on Thursday night,” Buckley said during his press conference on Tuesday.

The first bounce is set for 7.35pm, with the Gabba expected to be a sellout crowd for the first time in nine years.

Flynn Appleby has flown to Brisbane as the travelling emergency.

Will Hoskin-Elliott (knee) was unavailable for selection.

BRISBANE LIONS v COLLINGWOOD
AFL Round 5
Thursday, April 18
Gabba, 7.35pm AEST