SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 07: Cam McCarthy of the Giants catches the ball during the round 10 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Brisbane Lions at Spotless Stadium on June 7, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

It appears young GWS forward Cam McCarthy is no closer to a return to football.

McCarthy, who desperately tried to complete a trade back home to Western Australia last year, returned to Perth two weeks ago for personal reason, as he battles homesickness and depression.

GWS refused to trade the 20-year-old last season with two years still to run on his contract. But the Giants have allowed McCarthy time away from the club in the hope that his condition will improve.

However, the Herald Sun is reporting that he is unlikely to play at all this year.

McCarthy had a breakout 2015, booting 29 goals in the opening 12 rounds of the season.

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