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Caddy to join Geelong stars

By Kim Hagdorn
3 October 2012 10:24AM EST

DISGRUNTLED Gold Coast young gun Josh Caddy looks certain to switch his blossoming AFL playing career to powerhouse club Geelong.

Caddy, just 20, has declared intentions to continue his AFL days back in his home state Victoria after just 24 games in two seasons with the league’s two-year-old Gold Coast franchise.

He is expected to join the imposing Cats midfield through official AFL trading later this month.

The classy moving midfield all-rounder would slot in alongside Cats superstar play-makers Joel Selwood, Jimmy Bartel, James Kelly and Joel Corey.

An ironic twist in his switch to the Cats is expected to involve compensation that Geelong initially received in the controversial departure of decorated champion Gary Ablett to the Suns.

It is believed the Cats will offer back to the Suns an attractive compensation draft pick for losing Ablett at the end of 2010 in time for Gold Coast’s launch last season.

The Cats were granted two first-round draft picks in compensation for Ablett’s defection on a substantially large five-year contract as Gold Coast’s marquee signing and inaugural captain.

Caddy made determined efforts to walk out on Gold Coast at the end of last season when he appeared headed to Essendon.

But, Suns and Bombers officials failed to agree on an amicable trade for the exciting outside, running midfielder and Caddy was forced to stay at Gold Coast for a second season of his initial compulsory AFL draftees contract.

Caddy was a prized front-end selection by Gold Coast at the historic 2010 national draft when he was the new outfit’s fourth choice and seventh overall.

He was taken by the Sunts behind top pick David Swallow, brilliant on-baller Harley Bennell and athletic big forward Sam Day.

Caddy was one of only three Suns to play all 22 senior games this season, with the at times stunning Bennell and veteran defender Matthew Warnock.

Caddy averaged 15 disposals a game as a sweeping winger and running half-back this season.

His inaugural AFL season was hampered with constant foot problems and he was restricted to his only outings in the last two AFL games of the home-and-away series.

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