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Crunch time for Caddy

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Jared Lynch

Josh Caddy.

Josh Caddy. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

GOLD Coast youngster Josh Caddy admits it is crunch time in deciding whether he will play for the Suns next season, but there is one thing he needs to get out of the way first.

Geelong has joined Essendon and several other Victorian clubs in trying to woo the 19-year-old back home, with Cats football manager Neil Balme saying there ''would be 18 clubs interested'' in securing the midfielder.

But Caddy is focused on getting his body right for next season, regardless of the colours he'll be wearing. Next week he will have a shoulder reconstruction.

''I've had a bit of trouble with that through the year but not bad enough not to play. I'll be walking around with a sling for a couple of weeks,'' Caddy said.

He said he had a tough decision to make, weighing up whether to return to friends and family in Melbourne or stay with the Suns, who had a ''bright future''.

''I know I've got to make a decision and make a decision pretty quick. I've sort of put it on the back burner all year, now I've got to have a really good think about what I'm going to do,'' Caddy told The Age before yesterday's NAB Rising Star Award ceremony.

''I flew in last night and caught up with my parents today. I met them here. I've still got to talk to my family. I know that if I stay on the Gold Coast it is going to be a very bright future. But you've got your friends and family in Melbourne so you've just got to weigh up what you really want.''

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