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Michael Whiting, AFL.com.au  June 19, 2017 3:34 PM

Beams ready for mates milestone Dayne Beams talks to the media ahead of the Lions clash with the GWS Giants at the Gabba this weekend.

Dayne Beams says he might take a page from Tomas Bugg's social media book and needle his best mate Heath Shaw ahead of the Giant's 250th game on Saturday.  

Bugg stirred up some controversy on Sunday when he posted a message to Western Bulldogs opponent – and friend – Jason Johannisen in the hours before they played.  

Beams, the Brisbane Lions captain, liked the ploy so much he said he might do something similar before running out against Shaw at the Gabba.  

"Why not? He's got Twitter. I might do something like that if you've got any suggestions," Beams said.  

"I think fans want to see that from players.  

"I think it's great theatre. When you're watching the game it makes for those one-on-one rivalries. I think it's great."  

Beams said Bugg had to stick to his guns and he couldn't wait to see what the Demon came up with ahead of his next game.  

Beams played alongside Shaw at Collingwood for five season and said it was a "great achievement" to reach his milestone.  

"He's someone I played a lot of footy with, he's my best mate," Beams said.   

"All my good memories have been with Heath outside of footy, we've had some great times together."  

The Lions are coming off a 40-point loss to Port Adelaide and, despite their improved form of late, will be heavy underdogs against the Giants.  

One man that has been brilliant all season has been Dayne Zorko, and Beams said Zorko deserved strong consideration for a Virgin Australia AFL All Australian spot.  

"I don't think Zork gets the credit he should.  

"If he was playing at a Melbourne club - and I've played at a Melbourne club - and producing the type of footy he's producing, he'd be talked about a lot.  

"I look at the competition now, I watch a bit of footy, and he's a top five player.  

"He's always been a very talented player but probably maybe lacked a bit of consistency, but he's producing every week now and is vitally important for us.  

"His form's as good as anyone's."  

Zorko is averaging 27 disposals and seven tackles from 12 games, and has kicked 18 goals.