THE decision by Josh Caddy to return home from the Gold Coast is set to spark a battle between Victorian clubs for his signature.
A year ago the highly rated midfielder sought a trade from the Suns to Essendon, primarily for family reasons, but was rebuffed.
Caddy, who turns 20 later this month, yesterday informed Gold Coast he would not be extending his soon-to-lapse contract and wanted to be traded to a Victorian club.
While the Suns expressed disappointment at not being able to persuade Caddy to stay they commended him for "the transparency and professionalism Josh has displayed whilst making this extremely difficult decision". They also confirmed they would immediately begin working with Caddy's manager to find a new club, albeit only in a deal the club deemed worthy of the No. 7 pick in the 2010 draft.
The Bombers' ability to snare Caddy second time around could be hindered by the team having committed its first draft pick to select feted key-forward Joe Daniher under the father-son rule.
Caddy struggled with injury in 2011 but this year was one of only three Suns to play every match. Only Gary Ablett and Harley Bennell exceeded his season disposal tally of 334.