Geelong spearhead Tom Hawkins is set to undergo surgery on his right foot at the end of this week.

The three-time premiership Cat played through the injury during this year's finals series, including the grand final win over Sydney.

After discussions with specialists, the club and Hawkins agreed surgery would be the best option to fix the issue.

Geelong General Manager of Football Simon Lloyd said that while the club can't guarantee Hawkins' fitness for the start of season 2023, the club are confident surgery won't hinder his preparations.

"Our medical team and Tom have gone through an extensive process which has included consultation with specialists to determine the best approach and have come to the decision for Tom to undergo surgery this week," Lloyd revealed.

"Tom is incredibly meticulous in his training and preparation, and we know he'll have the same application to his recovery.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 24: Tom Hawkins of the Cats celebrates the first goal of the match goal during the 2022 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 24, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

"We will take the time and diligence required to have him return to playing in early 2023."

The 34-year-old had another outstanding campaign, playing all 25 games and booting 67 goals, in the process claiming his fifth All-Australian and first as captain.

Recently he put pen to paper for 2023 which will be his 17th in the blue and white hoops.

Hawkins currently sits third all-time in game played for the club with 327, sitting behind premiership teammates Corey Enright (332) and the recently retired Joel Selwood (355).