Welcome to Essendon - Nate Caddy

Correct but a pick in late 30s is not worth wanting to lose matches for, no way

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Don’t really like comparisons to Stringer as he was an absolutely elite junior. He was taken pick 5 despite breaking a leg and was generally considered one of the top prospects. I don’t think caddy has his class. I’m still pretty keen on this pick up though.

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Caddy replaces Weideman, who should be playing as a defender for the ressies watching Caddy, Hunter and Jones battle it out up forward

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Jake had all the tools to be Dustin Martin, for a while there at the Dogs he looked like he was tracking that way unfortunately for him and us he never found a coach that could drag it out of him the way dimma and his team was able to drag it out of Dustin

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Is it just me or does Nate feel like the first genuine alfa dog Dodoro has ever drafted?

Talk about having some swagger.

Fantastic.

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Voss.

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Neither do I, the Curnow comparison stacks up though and I will take that every day of the week.

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Good thing we’re comparing him to the stringer that can’t be ■■■■■■ showing up to preseason fit unless it’s a contract year

If West Coast really were offering their 2024 first for Caddy, we should have traded for Geelong’s pick, then on-traded Geelong’s pick for the Eagles’ F1.

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Yep, doesn’t even matter if he’s any good, he’s likely to have a long career in the AFL simply based on being top 10 pick.

Would you have swapped next years first with West Coast’s first and lose our first this year? I think that was the deal.

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Yep ballsy call.

What was the mooted trade? I struggle to believe WCE would offer anything as one sided as just 10 for F1 ?

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If they rated Caddy higher up and also had the list need then yes

Let’s say they thought he was pick 5 like some draft ratings had him and they are backing themselves to rise next year with a better injury run

GWS post draft even noted that you see instances of teams bounce off bottom ladder strongly (Pies) and it would have been a risk. West coast are better than their placing this year and clubs were wary of that

It also helps west coast to get talent in the door now, speeding up a rebuild and they probably saw Caddy as slotting into Jack Darling role who is almost done

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He’s obviously got good pedigree which can’t hurt.
I remember back when I had a lot more to do with local footy (03-08ish), there were plenty of people around the traps who would tell you that Saul Caddy (his Dad) was the best player going around in suburban/metro footy.

I did see him play once during a brief stint that he had at Greenvale but I think he was getting towards the end at that stage. What I do know is that he was an aggressive farker so hopefully that has been passed on.

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It’s a bit of a weird point because there was no 100% guarantee from Geelong that we wouldn’t just take O’Sullivan. And then the same arguments would be given about how they never really wanted O’Sullivan and always wanted Caddy.

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Dodoro said he was pleased, he noted he was a ‘man’s man’… Are we allowed to say man’s man these days?! Suits me :smile:

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Because they wanted/needed O’Sullivan

They bluffed us, I’m near certain, but whatevs

Huh? Oh you mean he aint a ■■■■■?

Yeah. Seems like a hard nut. I love it.

Loved his highlights package so I hope he finds the consistency in his game.

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It all depends on who else was bidding

If WC was the only team trying to trade up then Geelong fleeced us but I don’t think that was the case

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