The AFL season of North Melbourne ruckman Hamish McIntosh is over after he opted to undergo specialist surgery on his knee.
McIntosh is hopeful of achieving full stability in his troublesome knee for the first time in four years after deciding on LARS surgery.
The 27-year-old will have a synthetic graft inserted to replace the posterior cruciate ligament that has been missing in his right knee.
He is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday and start his rehabilitation in a month.
"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 told kangaroosfc.com.au.
"This is in the best interests of my long-term playing future and will allow me to have my second full pre-season in a row."
McIntosh had operations on both achilles tendons last year and played the opening seven games this season.
He injured his knee during the victory over the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba in round seven.
He had surgery on the knee in June but pulled up sore after making his comeback in a VFL match two weeks ago.
Injury has restricted him to eight games in two years.
"It's been a frustrating couple of years. Both my achilles tendons are great, allowing me to play the first seven games this year, and this was just an unfortunate injury," he said.