Josh Caddy – Deck of Dream Team 2013

jan29_caddyName: Josh Caddy
Club: Geelong
Position: Midfield
Assistant Coach 2013 Price: $328,600
Bye Round: 12 (Shared with Melbourne, North Melbourne, St Kilda, Sydney & West Coast)
2012 Average: 63.5
2012 Games Played: 22
Predicted Average: 81

Why should I pick him?

I’m a big Josh Caddy fan. He was selected by the Suns at pick #7 in the draft but only managed 2 games in his first season with them after injuring his groin and foot (not at the same time though). As a kid (2010) Caddy was a gun averaging 24d in the U/18 championships leading many categories over the tournament with his tough inside game. Last year, Caddy was traded to Geelong as a result of the old Gary Ablett deal to the Suns. Since arriving at the Cats, Caddy has impressed.

“He’s been fantastic,” assistant coach Nigel Lappin said. “We had a time trial up the mountain … on the bikes and Josh finished with the third-best time. He’s another strong body for us in the midfield to take some pressure off (Jimmy) Bartel and (Joel) Corey and (James) Kelly and (Joel) Selwood, so we’re really excited.”

“It’s never easy walking into a side with this much experience and this many good players, but I had a pretty good start to the pre-season,” Caddy said

“We can’t fault him. He’s a really good runner, he works really hard, and he’s another strong body for us in the midfield.” Nigel Lappin. “We’ve got a group of other young midfielders that will fit in nicely around him. We’ve got Mitch Duncan, Allen Christensen and we get Josh Cowan back this year, so we’re building quite a good midfield for the future, and it’s a pretty exciting time.”

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

Last year with the Suns, Caddy played all the 22 games but his numbers were less than impressive. He only managed to find the ball 20+ times on 4 occasions with a highest score of only 86 for the year. This was mainly due to the amount of time the Suns sat him up forward and when a team is getting pumped by 100pts, being at the wrong end of the ground isn’t ideal for scoring DT points. He has been on a restricted pre-season program leading into xmas due to shoulder surgery but he is up and about now. He promises so much but this a little ball of talent has failed on all levels to date. Injuries and low scoring are like marrying the devil and Hitler together when it comes to a producing DT formula. Bad news all round.

Deck of DT Rating

JACK – Will he get more a chance with the Cats? Personally, I think he will. He appears to be ticking all the boxes for them at the moment. Pre-season games and the NAB Cup will be the obvious keys here for picking Caddy. He’s certainly one not to ignore or pass on at this early stage. Watch… and watch carefully.

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  • With Embley 60k cheaper and Ball only 20k more, it’s hard to justify picking him. Decent smokie for the draft comps though.

  • Nice try Calvin, but I don’t think he is too high on anybody’s watchlist this year.

  • At 220 to 250 yes. But at 328,600, I think there are better players available for that type of money.

  • i have him in my first side (that i picked once when team picker opened)..but after reading this im less sure about it …but i like him.and will only do my head in thinking too much this early …..but like ya thinking roy

  • I agree, I like your thinking Calvin, I have a feeling we will be saying 328k is cheap for this bloke by mid/late season. Hanging around with guys like Selwood and Bartel has got to positively influence your game, like you said, watch bloody closely in the NAB Cup. Massive potential here IMO.

  • It’s a No for me too. Have Embley in my side, and if I had more cash i’d be jumping to a premo mid, not a midpricer without guaranteed game time.

    Thanks for the article!

  • Caddy is gauranteed gametime….. we are building for the future, the kid is a gun, Id rather pick him than an ancient Embley…. Watching closely in the NAB.

  • I’ll be watching his NAB real closely. I want him in my side.

    • Seeing him first hand at training he looks like a kid that could explode surrounded by an experienced and successful midfield.

  • Played 22 games with a high score of 86, ave of 63.

    I think you summed it up Calvin ‘Bad news all round’

    I wouldn’t pick this guy at last years starting price.

  • Tough one. A couple of lads I like in this dollar range like Parker and Ball as well as Caddy here. But unless someone really shows some in the NAB Cup I think I’ll be pushing the selection up to a Fyfe type ($458k) or down to a rookie (Cowan perhaps if we’re talking Cats @ $108k). Thanks Calvin.

  • So now the Geelong midfield has a Jimmy, James Joel x2, and now a Josh. At least he fits one structure.

    Not for me Vin.

  • Yes I can see the merit in picking him, yes he’ll improve this year but every year numerous midrooks come out and bang out 80+ for around 200k cheaper so I don’t consider players like caddy. Each to their own though. Great write up man.