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Lions delist five

Five players have today been delisted by the Lions.

12:30pm  Sep 6, 2018

Reserves Best and Fairest

The first four-way tie for the Brisbane Lions' Reserves Best and Fairest.

7:45pm  Sep 1, 2018

Welcome back Claye Beams

The Brisbane Lions have redrafted Claye Beams with the first selection in the 2017 AFL Rookie Draft.

3:45pm  Nov 27, 2017

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Post-Match: Claye Beams

4:30pm  Sep 2, 2017

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8:12pm  Apr 2, 2016

Claye Beams Returns!

3:01pm  May 12, 2014

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183 cm
82 kg

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Mudgeeraba Saints
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 1 2011
Recruited from: Labrador (QLD)
Brownlow Votes: 1


Claye Beams is a talented all-round sportsperson who played first grade cricket before focussing on Australian Rules. He is a half-back/midfielder with good decision-making ability and clean skills, who has unfortunately been hampered with injuries in the early stages of his young AFL career.



• Beams was born in Melbourne but moved to the Gold Coast with his family at the age of two.

• He began playing football from the age of five at Mudgeeraba and went on to win the Gold Coast League U12 Best & Fairest Medal and represent the Gold Coast at U14 level and the South Coast U15s.

• He played the first six games of the U16 season in 2007 but gave football away to concentrate on cricket.

• He returned to football in May 2009 after watching his brother Dayne play for Collingwood reignited his passion for the sport.

• Beams decided to join Labrador - due to a family connection - and after a three-week training block and just four reserves matches, he was elevated to the seniors where he played six games.  

• He obviously caught the eye of the Lions recruiters because he was drafted to the Club with its Queensland Priority Selection (Pick No.76 overall) in the 2009 AFL Rookie Draft.

Season by Season

Season by Season

• Injuries again played havoc with Claye Beams' season in 2017, with the defender restricted to nine Senior matches.

• Beams displayed excellent form at the back end of the year, reminding Lions fans of his potential heading into 2018.

• Beams carried this form into the NEAFL finals series where he was easily best on ground in the Lions preliminary final victory over Sydney University with 36 touches, before captaining the Lions to a thrilling grand final victory over the Sydney Swans.



Season by Season

• Claye Beams’ season came to an abrupt end in the NEAFL against Southport in July when he re-injured knee - tearing the medial meniscus.

• It was the third serious knee injury for Beams, who underwent a full reconstruction in 2013 after a training mishap.

• Fully recovered, Beams will be hoping to pick up from where he left off in 2017.


Season By Season

• Beams’ season came to an abrupt end in Round 9 when he injured his medial ligament in the Lions loss to St Kilda.

• It was the second serious knee injury for Beams, who underwent a full reconstruction in 2013 after a training mishap.

• Beams' had a consistent start to the year, playing off half-back and gathering a season best 22 disposals in Round 1 against Collingwood and 20 possessions against the Tigers in Round 3.

Season by Season

• Claye Beams signs a one-year contract extension with the club and hopes to have a big 2014 after recovering from a knee reconstruction. 

• Beams missed the first eight weeks of the 2014 season due to an injury, to the fifth metatarsal of his left foot that was sustained during a practice match against the Sydney Swans. 

• He was straight back to business after a 2014 highlight performance in his third game back against the western Bulldogs. Beams shined with 24 disposals, 4 kicks and a goal to prove he was ready to take on the rest of the season.  

• Beams received 45 votes in the Merrett-Murray medal resulting in an equal 22nd finish, topping his previous best 30th.

• After a strong finish to the 2012 and a promising pre-season, Claye Beams looked set for a breakout AFL season. 

• He was a member of the Lions' pre-season premiership side, and held his position in the senior side for the opening two rounds of the season proper. 

• But tragedy struck at training on the eve of Round 3, when Beams injured his knee during a regulation drill. Scans later revealed he had ruptured his ACL and required a full knee reconstruction. It was a cruel blow for the unlucky Queenslander, who would be sidelined for the better part of 12 months.

• Having overcome his stress fracture, Beams proved a standout during the pre-season and earned his place in the Round 1 senior side. He didn’t disappoint either, blanketing Melbourne midfielder Brent Moloney and collecting 25 disposals of his own to receive a Rising Star Nomination. 

• A back injury suffered in Round 3 forced Beams to miss the next month of football. He eventually returned through the Reserves side but didn’t get another opportunity at senior level until Round 15 against Sydney, when he was a late replacement for Simon Black who hurt himself in the team’s pre-game warm-up at the SCG.

• Beams returned to the Reserves the following week, and continued to dominate the local competition for the next four matches.  

• He was recalled to the senior team in Round 19, and booted two goals in less than a quarter of football as the team’s substitute. The performance earned him a full game in each of the team’s final three matches – all of which were wins.

• In the team’s final match of the AFL season against the Bulldogs at the Gabba, he collected a career-high 26 disposals and laid five tackles – which was enough to earn his first ever vote in the Brownlow Medal.

• He also penned a new deal which would see him remain at the Club for a further two seasons. 

• Once the AFL season was over, Beams returned to the Reserves side and helped them achieve their first State League Premiership since 2001.

• His NEAFL Grand Final performance was one for the ages. He collected 33 disposals, had 11 clearances, laid six tackles, and booted four sensational goals in a scintillating display. It was no surprise to see him awarded the Joe Grant Medal as the best afield.    

• Beams received a late call-up to make his senior debut in Round 1 after Luke Power withdrew late from the Lions' side with a minor back injury suffered after lifting his newborn baby out of the bath.

• Beams made the most of his opportunity by booting two goals and collecting 13 disposals in an impressive first half against Fremantle at the Gabba. But a heavy knock to the ribs saw him subbed off just after half-time, effectively cutting short his debut AFL appearance.

• He maintained his position in the senior team in five of the Club's first six matches and was regularly used as an impact player off the bench.

• But his season was ended prematurely after Round 7 when a stress reaction in his foot flared up and forced him to sit out the remainder of the year.

• Despite playing just five senior AFL matches, Beams' efforts were rewarded at the annual QAFL Grogan Medal count with selection in Queensland's Team of the Year for the first time alongside brother Dayne from Collingwood.

• Beams was a standout for the Lions Reserves side during his first season on the Club's rookie list playing predominantly across half-forward and on the wing.

• His run and creativity was not missed by the AFLQ selectors who added him to the Queensland State team that played Tasmania at Southport mid-season.

• Despite being the youngest player on the field, Beams' performance in his Queensland's 79-point thrashing of Tasmania earned praise from State coach Jason Cotter.

• He continued his great form into the second half of the QAFL season and was close to being elevated for his senior debut late in the year as the Lions struggled on the field, but the opportunity never arose.

• At season's end, he was recognised for his efforts in the local competition by winning a spot on the half-forward flank in the QAFL Team of the Year. 

• During the off-season, Beams was selected among a host of young Lions players to face Melbourne in the 'Shanghai Showdown' Exhibition Match - the first AFL game ever played in China. He did his chances of elevation no harm by starring with three goals in the team's narrow loss.

• The Lions took little time in adding Beams to the Club's senior list - making his elevation official at the 2010 National Draft.



By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 54
    • Kicks 7.4
    • Handballs 5.6
    • Disposals 13.0
    • Marks 3.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 2.0
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 53.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 18 Western Bulldogs Rd 23, 2012
Handballs 13 Melbourne Rd 1, 2012
Disposals 26 Western Bulldogs Rd 23, 2012
Marks 9 West Coast Eagles Rd 13, 2016
Hit-outs 2 Richmond Rd 16, 2014
Tackles 7 West Coast Eagles Rd 1, 2016
Goals 2 Geelong Cats Rd 23, 2014
AFL Fantasy 114 Western Bulldogs Rd 23, 2012

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points


AFL Brisbane Lions: 13 games, 11 goals


AFL Awards

AFL Rising Star Nomination

Club Awards

Lions Reserves Premiership Player

Lions Pre-Season Premiership Player

Other Awards

Queensland State Representative

QAFL Team of the Year

Queensland Team of the Year

Joe Grant Medallist (NEAFL Grand Final BOG)