MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 28: Dayne Beams of the Magpies kicks the ball ahead of Dylan Grimes of the Tigers during the 2019 AFL round 02 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Collingwood Magpies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 28, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos)

Collingwood star Dayne Beams has taken an indefinite leave from the club to focus on his mental health.

The 29-year old said he needed to take a step away to prioritise he and his family’s wellbeing.

“I have been on the record in the past about the battles I have fought. Right now, I need to step away and regather myself,” Beams told the club website.

“I hope people will understand that this is something I need to do for myself and, importantly, my family. Our wellbeing is the highest priority.”

The gun midfielder was traded back to the Pies from Brisbane in the off-season for two first-round picks.

He is currently sidelined with a hip injury that is expected to hold him out until the end of the season.