Caldwell opens up on Bombers move

17 February 2021 17:55:33 GMTPlus11

Jye Caldwell says Essendon is definitely the place to be after he opted to leave GWS for a switch to the Bombers in last year's Trade Period.

The 20-year-old had a tough decision to make in the dying moments of the Trade Period but opted for Essendon following positive talks with Bombers coach Ben Rutten.

It may have been a tough decision but after a strong pre-season so far, the 20-year-old is already convinced that he made the right one.

He is already catching the eye and is looking good to make the side for round one of the 2021 AFL season.

"I spoke with (Essendon list manager) Adrian [Dodoro] and 'Truck' (Rutten) a few times and I felt like it was an opportunity that I should take and if I gave it up I thought I'd kick myself," Caldwell told AFL.com.au.

"I loved the things that we spoke about. Nothing against the Giants, it was a good football club and I really enjoyed my last couple of years there, but moving forward I reckon for my football Essendon was the place to be.

"It was probably more about the history of the club. Truck spends a lot of time teaching us new boys about its history and how big it really is, but also on field we have a tight group in the midfield that we've all been working on and we all complement each other in there."

Caldwell also revealed that St Kilda, the club he supported as a boy, also presented an offer, but he was still sold on Essendon and their plans for the future.

The Bombers are priced at 66/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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