Hawthorn has signed youngster Ned Reeves to a one-year rookie contract as part of the pre-season supplemental selection period (SSP), after Will Langford’s retirement opened up an additional space on the Hawks’ list.

Standing at 209cm tall, the young ruck prospect took part in a large portion of the club’s pre-season training program.

The 20-year-old joins the club after a year on Box Hill’s list, a move that GM-Football Graham Wright believes will fast track the youngster’s development.

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“We’re excited to have Ned on board for the 2019 season,” Wright said.

“While he’s a talented young player, he still has plenty of room to develop.

“We believe that being in the AFL system under the guidance of the likes of Damian Monkhorst and Max Bailey will allow his to develop at a greater rate.”

Having played for St Kevin’s in the VAFA Premier division in 2018, Reeves is known for being an exceptional kick for his size.

In the kicking test at the 2017 AFL Draft Combine, Reeves posted a score of 29 out of 30, with only one player bettering his result.