BRISBANE Lions midfielder Dayne Beams has all but conceded he will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing knee surgery in Melbourne on Thursday.
After missing the first six games of 2016 with knee tendinitis, Beams returned for one match and three quarters of another before the left knee flared again – forcing an operation.
With the Lions recording one win to date this season, the 26-year-old said he had mixed emotions before going under the knife in Melbourne.
"(I'm) disappointed I can't be out there playing footy but a bit relieved we can hopefully get it sorted out and move forward," Beams told Channel Nine.
"I'll know a bit more over the next couple of days but, yeah (with) 14 weeks left (in the season), I'll be pushing it (to return this season).
"It's hard to watch, you'd obviously like to be out there contributing.
"I've just got to be able to still contribute outside of playing footy around the club, help the young guys out so that's what I'll be doing for the rest of the season."
After an impressive start to his debut season last year at the Lions, the former Magpie has been struck down with a shoulder reconstruction and knee troubles.