THE INFLUENCE of Dayne Beams since being handed the Brisbane captaincy goes far beyond his exceptional on-field talent.
Just ask coach Chris Fagan.
Beams took over from Tom Rockliff as the Lions' skipper prior to the 2017 season, one of the first big decisions Fagan presided over in his tenure at the club.
Now, on the eve of Beams' 150th career game on Saturday, Fagan has explained the bond he has with his club captain.
"He's a quietly spoken bloke but the work he does amongst his teammates, one-on-one, encouraging young players to grow and develop and improve has been outstanding since my arrival," Fagan said.
"If you talk to our players about him that's the biggest thing they'll talk about, how much he cares for his teammates and how much he looks after them and what a great family man he is."
Beams is fresh off a brilliant 2017, where he returned to his absolute best playing form.
Fagan says Beams takes his on-field attributes off the field.
The former Collingwood premiership player has had a terribly difficult past month, losing his father Philip to cancer and then having to front up to lead his team in the opening round.
"I'm proud of what he's been able to do, but I'm not surprised," Fagan said.
"And it's the same for his brother Claye … he's been equally resilient.
"Dayne's such a determined competitor, proud player and … look at the guy last year, we won five games and he polled 17 Brownlow votes and he played half the year with a busted shoulder.
"He's courageous, hard, tough. I'm so pleased he's our captain."
Beams says he hopes to bounce back from a sub-par showing against Melbourne last Saturday night when the Lions play Port Adelaide.
Last Saturday he finished with 16 disposals and just one clearance, numbers that were well down on his past 12 months.
"It was just one of those games where I couldn't get into the game, it wasn't by lack of effort," Beams said.
"You see all the good players across the comp, they have bad games here or there, but I'll be looking to bounce back.
"It is great to see we aren't relying on the older guys now and the younger guys are able to take the reins and don't need us to play well every week for us to move forward.
"We'd love to play well, but for us to take steps as a footy club those younger guys have got to be the ones that start playing well."