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Caddy deal presented a challenge: Balme

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Jared Lynch

A Sun no more: Josh Caddy.

A Sun no more: Josh Caddy. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

JOSH Caddy was all smiles when he slipped on his Geelong guernsey for the first time, but the finer points of the Cats' deal with the Gold Coast to secure the talented midfield are yet to be finalised.

Geelong football manager Neil Balme said the deal was unusual because the Cats agreed to give the Suns their first-round compensation pick from Gary Ablett's departure two years ago. That pick has not been activated by Geelong and will remain tied to the Cats' performance for the next two years.

''It was very challenging for the AFL to make all of this work around the expansion clubs, so there were always going to be these kinds of anomalies,'' Balme said.

''Gold Coast knows where they're going to fit with that; the worst it's going to be is next to the premier's pick and the best it's going to be is next to the last team's pick. That will all work itself out. It is quite unusual.

''They'd be barracking against us, I would think.''

The clubs will also exchange other draft selections, with those picks to be confirmed next week.

The Cats are still in the hunt for North Melbourne's Hamish McIntosh and Melbourne's Jared Rivers.

''There's still a bit of work to do, not that we can talk about yet, particularly with the make-up of the draft picks at the moment. We don't know what they are going to be with all this other stuff going on with the compensation picks for free-agency et cetera,'' Balme said.

''But the important part is we have agreed with Gold Coast what is going to happen and we're both happy with it, and when it all comes to fruition it will be publicised then. Both clubs, I think, have got a fair deal out of it. Once Josh was moving, we were interested and Gold Coast had to consider whether they were able to keep him or not, and then after that they have been tough to deal with but very fair to deal with.''

Caddy said he was determined to move back to Victoria after his heart was no longer in playing with the Suns.

The former No. 7 draft pick had hoped to return to his home state at the end of the last year but remained in Queensland after a deal with Essendon could not be reached.

''I'm very close with my family and just love the environment of Victoria, the footy atmosphere … I just really wanted to play footy in Victoria again and made that decision and stuck with it,'' he said.

''I like to think I'm a pretty strong character and could have played footy up there. But I think playing AFL footy is hard enough as it is, so I think your heart's got to be completely in it and, to be completely honest, my heart wasn't completely in playing footy with the Gold Coast just because I'd rather be playing footy in Victoria.''

Caddy said the Suns' lack of on-field success, with just three wins this season, was not a factor in his decision.

''I don't think that was a big factor because I know that the Gold Coast are going to be very successful in the future. That was something I had to walk away from.''

Caddy said he was tight-lipped about his decision to leave with his Gold Coast teammates, including captain and dual Geelong premiership player Gary Ablett. ''I sort of kept [the decision] to myself and my family.''

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