Caddy's display excites Hardwick

08 March 2018 06:24:16 EST

Coach Damien Hardwck was delighted with the performance of Josh Caddy in Richmond's win over North Melbourne and says there's a lot more to come from the 25-year-old.

Caddy starred in the Tigers' 70-point victory in their final JLT Community Series clash at Ikon Park, moving between the midfield and forward line.

He could be in line for more midfield duties when the season starts as Dion Prestia is a doubt for the round one meeting with Carlton on 22nd March.

Hardwick, whose side won both their pre-season matches, said he was "really excited" by Caddy, who kicked 21 goals from 22 games in his first season with the Tigers last year.

"He's just added to us. He's added to our flexibility and we're really excited about what he's brought to our footy club and how he's going to play in the future," said the coach.

Caddy, who kicked Richmond's first goal in the 48-point Grand Final win over Adelaide last year, racked up 20 possessions against North Melbourne. He booted two goals and delivered an equal team-high seven clearances.

"We think he's only starting to scratch the surface of how good he can be and we're really excited by that," added Hardwick of the former Geelong and Gold Coast midfielder.

Prestia is touch and go for the season-opener, according to the coach, as the club are taking a cautious approach with him after he suffered a minor hamstring strain last month.

"We're confident, but we just want to make sure; he's such an important player for us," said Hardwick.

Richmond are 19/100 to win their round one clash with Carlton, who are 4/1. The Tigers are 93/100 conceding a 29.5-point start.

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