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Addie makes Giant move

Cam Addie has returned to Geelong West after eight seasons at Bell Post Hill. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

BELL Post Hill captain Cam Addie has revealed how he endured some sleepless nights while wrestling with the decision to return to Geelong West after eight stunning seasons at Myers Reserve.

A six-time premiership player at the Panthers, of which four were as captain, Addie confirmed on Wednesday he would end his career where it started.

The star fullback says telling new co-coaches Caleb Bacely and Justin Tarr, and Bell Post Hill football boss Tony Dosen of his decision wasn’t easy.

“I lost sleep over it, actually,” Addie said.

“To tell some of your really close mates – and even Tony’s a really close mate as well; he’s one of the blokes who always has your back, and he supports you no matter what in and outside of football – it’s heartbreaking.

“But, I’ve got to move on with it, they’ve got to move on it.”

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Addie, 31, was planning to retire before close friend and Giants captain Scott Jervies approached him about playing on.

“He quietly asked me if I wanted to have a kick,” Addie said.

“I really didn’t think much of it. Then I kept thinking about it and got the itch.

“I think the idea of not being a leader anymore and being a regular player was a little bit appealing, and I don’t think I could have done that at Bell Post Hill anymore.”

“We started at West together, and it would be a nice little fairytale to finish together.”

The interleague regular is likely to return as a one-pointer to the emerging Giants, who have undergone significant changes since Addie last played for the club in 2010.

“They’ve done an amazing job to run the risk with a merger and lose their identity a little bit; where they are now (compared) to where they came from is amazing,” he said.

“It’s a credit to ‘Jervs’ (Jervies) and ‘Wilks’ (president Chris Wilkie) and all those people behind the scenes that have done all the hard work.”

Addie will avoid a trip to Myers Reserve in 2019, with the Giants and Panthers meeting just once, in Round 10 at West Oval.

“I’m sure there will be plenty of choice words said during the game,” he said.

“At the end of the day, I’ve got a lot of my best mates (at Bell Post Hill), and we’re still going to be best mates at the end of the day.

“Because once football’s finished, you can’t just hang your hat on football, you want to have these mates for life.”

Addie’s departure is a further blow for the Panthers, who have already lost Blake Podnar and Nick Costello to the Belmont Lions, while Jake Barlow is training with Bellarine club Barwon Heads.

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