Geelong trades Josh Caddy and pick 56; Geelong receives pick 24 and pick 64
Richmond trades pick 24 and pick 64; Richmond receives Josh Caddy and pick 56
Josh Caddy hadn’t even considered changing clubs until Brett Deledio requested a trade to Geelong and Richmond demanded Caddy in return. Caddy will be happy though, he’ll join close mate Dion Prestia. He’ll spend a lot more time in Richmond’s midfield than he did Geelong’s this year after being pushed back in the pecking order with the recruitment of Patrick Dangerfield.
Club Trade Rating:
Geelong – the Cats lose a quality player here and a former first round draft pick. It’s fair to say that Caddy was not playing in his preferred position at Geelong with the inclusions of Dangerfield, Scott Selwood and Sam Menegola forcing him into the forward line. Geelong won’t struggle to cover his loss.
Rating: -1. – We valued Caddy as an early second-round draft pick which Geelong have received but the slide out from the later picks hurts them a bit.
Richmond – the Tigers have done extremely well here. They’ve added another strong-bodied midfielder who wins contested ball. Caddy will slot straight into their midfield and should contribute immediately.
Rating: +1. – They’ve come out slightly ahead here, the Tigers. An early second-round pick for Caddy is fair and they’ve moved up the draft order late.
Geelong – Geelong’s loss of Caddy opens the door for young players to get consistent game time and speed up their development. Look for Nakia Cockatoo and Darcy Lang to make real inroads in 2017.
Richmond – Caddy himself should see an uptick in fantasy output given he’s likely to spend more time in the midfield for Richmond. The Tigers fringe midfielders may struggle next year so be wary drafting them into your fantasy team.