Tigers' Caddy ready to stop Bombers raid

Melissa Woods
With the return of Jack Riewoldt, Josh Caddy is putting his hand up for more time forward

While Richmond spearhead Jack Riewoldt returns from concussion, Josh Caddy will still be putting his hand up for more time in the forward line as the Tigers look to put a lid on Essendon's AFL resurgence.

The Tigers and Bombers will do battle on Saturday night in the annual Dreamtime at the 'G clash, with a blockbuster crowd expected.

Caddy arrived at Punt Road from Geelong last season as a midfielder but his versatility has proved valuable, none more so than last round when Riewoldt left the field in the first quarter after a head knock.

Emerging as a genuine star forward Caddy stepped up to slot a career-high six goals to help the Tigers overcome a dogged St Kilda.

Only four players this season have kicked more than his 23 goals from eight games, already surpassing his previous best of 21.

"Obviously it was documented I came here to play in the midfield and help out there and it's transpired the other way and I've played probably more forward," Caddy said on Friday.

"But I'm loving my footy at the moment and whatever 'Dimma' (coach Damien Hardwick) needs me to do, I'll do.

"If Dusty (Martin) needs a rest down forward I'll go in the midfield and if we need a forward target, I'll play up in the forward line - there's no dramas either way."

While he's rated as one of the most improved players in the AFL Caddy felt he hadn't changed his game too much.

"Probably on paper my year's looking better in terms of goals kicked but internally I'm doing the things I was doing last year and playing pretty much the same role," the 25-year-old said.

"I was kicking a lot of points last year but this year I've been a lot more accurate.

"Last year I had the yips a bit but this year when I get the ball inside 50 I feel confident and like I'm going to put it through every time."

Caddy said the defending premiers were on guard for Essendon, who have claimed the scalps of Adelaide and Greater Western Sydney in recent weeks.

"They've tweaked the way they've played a bit and have brought that high intensity with the ball and hunting in numbers and pressuring the opposition and that's something we do as well," he said.

"Two similar game styles going head to head and that's something to look forward to on Saturday night."