Jaryd Cachia: Blue rookie wins 11th-hour reprieve

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Jaryd Cachia, faced with the prospect of being shunted back on to Carlton’s rookie list, has been given a reprieve and will play against Hawthorn on Friday night.

Cachia, one of the Blues’ most improved players, was set to return to the VFL because of draftee Nick Graham’s return this week from a long-term knee problem.

But Cachia, who debuted in round six after being elevated to the senior list, will now take the place of defender Pat McCarthy, who broke down for the second time this season with a stress fracture of the foot. McCarthy will spend the next two months in a moon boot.

Cachia has grabbed his second chance at Carlton, having been delisted at the end of 2011 after two years on the rookie list.


The 22-year-old moved to Adelaide and after an excellent season with Norwood, where he played in a premiership, was redrafted as Carlton’s first selection in last year’s rookie draft.

He has performed some impressive run-with roles in his first six games, most recently holding Essendon captain Jobe Watson to 22 possessions during last Friday’s narrow loss.

Andrew Carrazzo, from whom Cachia took over the tagging role, is expected to train on Thursday, but football manager Andrew McKay said the midfielder may return via the Northern Bullants next week given Carlton’s round-13 bye.

McKay said the Blues would treat McCarthy carefully, given he had broken down so soon after being given a five- or six-week rest earlier this year.

The 21-year-old defender played his only senior game for the Blues in the final round of the 2012 season.

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