Former East Malvern Knights junior Ned Reeves yesterday signed with Hawthorn Football Club as a rookie for the 2019 AFL season.
Standing at an imposing 209cm, the 20-year-old caught the eye of the Hawks after being listed with their VFL affiliate Box Hill last season.
Reeves was signed by the Hawks as part of the pre-season supplemental selection period, with an opening on Hawthorn’s list after Will Langford’s retirement.
“I started training with the club in the first session of this year, trained for two months and then stopped two weeks ago,” Reeves told hawthornfc.com.au.
“I got brought into an office with Graham Wright and Alastair Clarkson and they told me straight away, so I was pretty happy.”
Reeves was realistic about his chances of playing at AFL level this year, saying that while he hoped to push for selection in the AFL side, he was happy to continue his development at Box Hill.
“Obviously I’m trying to push for AFL selection as well, but realistically I’ll be playing at Box Hill. I played there last year as well, so I’ve got good relationships with those guys,” he said.
Hawthorn’s GM – Football Graham Wright said Reeves was an exciting prospect.
“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 Monkhurst and Max Bailey will allow his to develop at a greater rate.”
Reeves played 31 games for East Malvern JFC, before being recruited to Oakleigh Chargers. He then played for St Kevins in the VAFA during the 2018 season while being signed to Box Hill.