Hamish McIntosh
Hamish McIntosh

North Melbourne ruckman Hamish McIntosh will not play again this season having decided to undergo LARS surgery on his injured knee.

The 27-year-old injured his knee in Round 7 and after playing his first game back in the VFL, did not recover well.

That setback, combined with discussions with North Melbourne medical staff, prompted McIntosh to choose LARS surgery as his next course of action to be ready for the 2013 season.

"I'm really confident this is the best path for me and I want to ensure that I can stabilise my knee and be right to go for day one of the pre-season,'' McIntosh said on Wednesday.

"This is in the best interests of my long-term playing future and will allow me to have my second full preseason in a row."

McIntosh has played without a posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his right knee for four years and the LARS surgery will insert a synthetic graft to replace the PCL, stabilising the joint.

The Kangaroos director of medical services Steve Saunders is confident surgery will allow McIntosh to return to his best on the field.

"This procedure will restore stability in Hamish's knee and in doing so, it will also help to ensure all of the other structures in the knee remain healthy," Saunders said.

"By doing this, we are giving Hamish every opportunity to reach his full potential and continue playing the AFL football that he's capable of for a long time to come."

McIntosh is expected to start his recovery from surgery by the end of September and the ruckman is confident he will be ready for the first day of the Kangaroos' pre-season ahead of the 2013 campaign.

"I know I have some great footy ahead of me and am looking forward to supporting the boys, hopefully in the finals and then joining them in Utah for the pre-season campaign," McIntosh said.

"I fully expect to have a successful 2013 and put this bad run behind me."


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