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‘I just started crying’ | Dayne Beams opens up on his emotional struggle


Dayne Beams has opened up about the struggle he’s faced since his father’s passing.

Dayne’s father Philip died in March after a battle with cancer.

Since then, Dayne has struggled with the pain, stepping down as captain of the Lions in May to focus on himself and his footy.

He starred in Brisbane’s big win over Carlton on Saturday, kicking a goal and racking up 40 disposals.

Dayne told Sunday Sport the goal was a special one for him.

“Where I kicked that goal was pretty much right where dad used to sit,” he said.

“I was quite emotional after the game yesterday. I was doing my recovery and I just started crying.

“My dad was a big part of my footy career. I associated footy with him.

“We’d won two games in a row and all I wanted to do was talk to dad.

“Usually we’d debrief the game. He’d meet me in the car park for the drive home.

“It’s something I’m going to have to get used to.”

Beams said his teammates have shown great support in tough times.

“Cam Rayner is an 18-year-old kid. He came and sat down next to me and put his arm around me,” he said.

“It just shows the culture and environment we’re building.”

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