Brisbane Lions Captain Dayne Beams has today stood down from his leadership position.

After consultation with CEO Greg Swann, Head Coach Chris Fagan and General Manager of Football David Noble, Beams made the decision to remove himself from the 2018 leadership group.

“I’ve reached the decision today, I feel like it’s in the best interests for myself and my family that I hand over the captaincy to Dayne Zorko indefinitely," Beams said.

“Obviously the last three months for myself, I’m not going to lie, they’ve been bloody difficult, and I’ve experienced some really bad lows.

“I think footy’s been hard for me because I associated football with my father. So it feels like a big chunk of my football life is missing at the moment. So, I just feel like I need some time to find where I belong in the game. And just find my feet again and find my love for the game again.

“I still love coming into the footy club."

Dayne Zorko will replace Beams as captain, with Harris Andrews taking on the vice-captaincy role.

General Manager of Football David Noble was supportive of Beams’ decision.

“Dayne brought this to us recently to discuss his leadership role. He has had a lot on his plate personally the past six months, and with the energy required to support Kelly with the upcoming birth of their second child, we believe it was the right move for him,” Noble said.

“We are confident that the leadership group that supported Dayne are more than capable to lead this Club and want to congratulate Dayne Zorko and Harris Andrews on their new roles as Captain and Vice-Captain of the Lions.

“It is moments like these we are fortunate to have a leader like of Luke Hodge with our Club, and along with our leadership group, he can offer support to Zorko and Harris where appropriate.”

Updated 2018 Brisbane Lions Leadership Group

Dayne Zorko – Captain

Harris Andrews – Vice-Captain

Stefan Martin

Ryan Lester

Allen Christensen