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Cats join Caddy chase

In much demand: Josh Caddy.

In much demand: Josh Caddy. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

GEELONG has joined Essendon and a number of Victorian clubs in the race for Gold Coast youngster Josh Caddy, who has flown back to Melbourne as the Suns brace for the likelihood that he will seek a trade home.

Caddy, who sought a trade to Essendon last year without success, flew to Melbourne last night and will meet his management and family today to decide his future.

There is widespread expectation among clubs that he will seek a trade back home.

Geelong, having accepted that Travis Boak will stay at Port Adelaide, has turned its attention to other players, including Caddy, the Cats having a compensation draft choice — in addition to their own first pick — for Gary Ablett that could be traded to Gold Coast.

Essendon is certainly among the frontrunners — Caddy did not want to be traded to any other club last year — but the Dons face a tough decision if they are to acquire Caddy, given that their first draft choice will be lost for boom youngster Joe Daniher under the bidding system for father-son recruits; Daniher is generally rated among the top two in the draft pool this year.

This means the Bombers will almost certainly have to part with a senior player or players in order to acquire Caddy in any potential trade. Carlton is understood to be another club with an interest in Caddy, whose age (20) and ability make him one of the most sought-after out of contract players for Victorian clubs. The Bulldogs and Melbourne will have two picks each in the top six, both having a compensation pick for losing players to Greater Western Sydney.

Under one scenario that clubs were discussing yesterday, Caddy could be used by the Suns to obtain Adelaide forward Kurt Tippett in a three-way trade in which the Crows would receive a first-round pick from the relevant Victorian club.

Tippett is weighing up whether to seek a trade home to Gold Coast or the Brisbane Lions, with the Suns regarded as far better placed to recruit him if he chose to return to south-east Queensland.

Caddy, who sought a trade to the Bombers in part because of his father's ill-health, has become a regular senior player this year and impressed in a number of games, giving the Suns hope that they would retain him — hope they will cling to until he tells them he is leaving.

The Suns see him as a certain 200-game player and a potential star.

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