Cats unlikely to land star AFL pair
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Geelong midfielder Josh Caddy could be the piece of the AFL trade puzzle that allows Richmond star Brett Deledio to join the Cats.
Caddy, who is contracted until the end of the 2018 season, switched from Gold Coast to Geelong during the 2012 trade period.
It emerged on the second day of the AFL trade period that the Tigers had set their sights on the 24-year-old as the two parties attempt to work a trade.
If Caddy is amenable to shifting to Punt Road to continue his 95-game career he could help the Cats out of a bind.
Before Caddy's name was linked to a possible move, Geelong list manager Stephen Wells admitted it would be very difficult to land Deledio and fellow trade target, Carlton defender Zach Tuohy.
Wells' hands are largely tied following last year's trade bonanza that netted Patrick Dangerfield, Zac Smith, Lachie Henderson and Scott Selwood.
The Cats don't have the requisite draft picks to satisfy the Tigers and the Blues, they don't have the salary cap space to pay the pair and they won't force any players out to give themselves room to manoeuvre at the trade table.
"To add Brett and Zach would be great but we've made it very clear to those players and their managers ... that we're not really expecting this to happen," Wells told SEN on Tuesday.
"It's a bit different to this time last year when we brought in four players.
"We'd been preparing for that for quite a long time, probably a couple of years really, and had the draft picks and the salary cap space and positions on our list where we were able to do those four trades.
"Whereas this year, coming late, it's going to be a bit harder for us to do."
Geelong's first pick at this year's draft is currently at No.37 after they sent their first-round pick to Carlton to secure Henderson last year.
AFL rules governing the trading of future draft picks mean they can't do the same with picks from next year's draft to land Deledio or Tuohy.
Wells said the Tigers had relayed what they would need to be satisfied in a trade and although he didn't divulge what that was, he said it was a lot.
Forward Shane Kersten and ruckman Nathan Vardy have attracted interest from rival clubs and are unlikely to remain at Geelong but trading out that pair alone is unlikely to give them the currency they need.
Steven Motlop had been seen as a key trading chip the Cats could use to either land Deledio or gain a pick and free up salary cap space.
But Richmond have already rejected his involvement in a trade and Wells admitted there hadn't been as much interest in the mercurial midfielder as he'd anticipated.