Hawks youngster Ned Reeves will miss the final three games of the 2022 season after having undergone surgery on his shoulder this week.

It comes after the 23-year-old initially dislocated his shoulder earlier this year in his side’s Easter Monday clash against Geelong.

Head of Football Rob McCartney said that addressing the issue now should see the ruckman able to complete the majority of what will be his fifth pre-season. 

"After Ned's shoulder injury earlier this year, we were aware that he would inevitably require surgery," McCartney said.

"We made the decision to conservatively manage the injury and get him back playing in order for him to continue his development. 

"We decided, with the timeline of our season in mind, that he would have surgery this week, which will allow a recovery time that will enable him to do most of the training load prior to Christmas.

"He has shown this season that he is a promising ruckman that is going to be a big part of our future.

"We look forward to him recovering strongly and continuing to develop his game in 2023."