AFL star Beams re-signs with Collingwood

Collingwood have been boosted after re-signing star AFL midfielder Dayne Beams for a further three years.

The 22-year-old, now committed to the Magpies until the end of 2015, cemented a spot in the team this season in the absence of injured key players Luke Ball and Ben Johnson.

Beams has averaged more than 30 disposals a game, with Collingwood football director Geoff Walsh saying he was starting to fulfil his potential.

“Dayne is rapidly becoming the player many suspected he could be,” Walsh said.

“He is clearly showing the benefits of dedicating himself to the game, and to Collingwood, and I think his new contract reflects not only this progress but where he and we believe he can take his career.”

Meanwhile, Richmond defender Kelvin Moore and forward Brad Miller have announced their retirements from AFL, effective immediately.

Richmond football manager Craig Cameron said the pair, both 28, had given the Tigers extraordinary service during their time at Punt Road.

“Kel has been through some tough times with injury,” Cameron said.

“To return to the playing field, after some doctors told him he never would, is a credit to his mental toughness and commitment to play with his teammates.

“Brad has made an undeniable impact in his two years at the club.

“His leadership qualities have shone, both on and off the field, and he has provided us with very good value as a key target, while our young forwards have been developing.”

Moore fought his way back into Richmond’s senior side this season after nearly two years out with a severe hip complaint.

He played 87 games for the club from 2004-12, while Miller joined Richmond from Melbourne, where he had played 133 games from 2002-10.

He kicked 17 goals in 14 games last year and 14 goals in 10 games this season but was hampered by a calf injury in recent times.

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