Garry Lyon believes Hawthorn ruckman Ned Reeves has a chance to explode in 2023.
Reeves, 23, has had a promising year in the brown and gold, consolidating his position in the senior side as he looks set to claim the number one ruck title at the Hawks for many years to come.
Asked who he thinks could leap into the top 25 players in the competition next year, Lyon listed Reeves, tipping him to become one of the best ruckmen in the league next year.
“I think by the end of next year, Ned Reeves is going to be in that argument,” Lyon said SEN Breakfast.
“I think this bloke’s upside is enormous for the Hawks.
“They’ve put him away, he’s gone in for shoulder surgery, I think by the end of next year we’ll be talking about him as the next big coming ruckman in the competition.
“I love what he’s been able to do on occasions and I think he’s got huge upside.”
Agreeing with Lyon’s sentiments, Tim Watson believes if Reeves is to make that leap, he’ll need to work on his agility in the upcoming pre-season.
“I think you’re right, but I tell you what I would do, I’d put him in some spikes over the summer and I would be working on his agility and his movement,” Watson added.
“He’s a big kid and is probably still growing into his body but I think he needs to work in that area.”
Reeves will miss the final three games of the 2022 season after undergoing surgery on his shoulder this week.