Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has put the blowtorch on his underperforming midfield and turned to an untried ruckman as he seeks a remedy to the struggling AFL side's stoppage woes.
Despite having renowned ball-winners Tom Mitchell and Jeager O'Meara at the feet of experienced ruckman Ben McEvoy in their engine room, the Hawks were belted at clearances (49-29) in a seven-point defeat to bottom side North Melbourne last week.
It has been an issue all year for a side that has won just two games - both by less than a kick - and ranks last in clearances and centre clearances this season.
"We were disappointed that we were so scratchy in the middle of the ground last week - we lowered our colours to a midfield that played great footy," Clarkson said.
"The blowtorch comes internally as well as externally when you have a result like that, but we're also really mindful of where we're at and continuing to rehearse our method of how we want to play.
"We're continuing to work on which personnel and which methodology will allow us to compete seriously at the end of September in the years to come and we'll continue to work our way through that."
Third-year ruckman Ned Reeves will make his senior debut against Carlton at the MCG on Saturday, with captain McEvoy to spend more time back in defence.
The pair will take on former Hawks ruckman Marc Pittonet and a Blues on-ball division led by Patrick Cripps, Sam Walsh and Ed Curnow.
At 211cm, Reeves will become Hawthorn's tallest-ever player.
"We're hoping that might help us a little bit," Clarkson said.
"As much of a warrior as McEvoy has been for a long period of time, it's a challenge for him to get over the top of ruckmen.
"He competes remarkably well but the guy is 31 years of age and he's been a fantastic player for us and a leader, too.
"That's not to suggest that he's finished now, but the support that we can give him ... Ned's been on our list for three years and we think he's ready to have a crack at it."
Carlton (3-6) have picked emerging ruck-forward Tom De Koning for his first game of the season after a back injury, replacing Levi Casboult.
Jack Silvagni returns for the Blues after a bout of concussion.