MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 18: Jack Hayes of the Saints during the 2022 AFL Round 01 match between the St Kilda Saints and the Collingwood Magpies at Marvel Stadium on March 18, 2022 In Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

St Kilda have confirmed exciting rookie Jack Hayes will miss the remainder of the 2022 season after suffering an ACL injury in his side's win over the GWS Giants on Friday night.

Hayes was subbed out of the match at Manuka Oval after awkwardly twisting his knee in a contest with Giants defender Nick Haynes.

The Saints have pledged their faith to Hayes despite the setback, with the SANFL product anticipated to receive a contract extension for 2023 after a stellar first five games in the red, white and black.

Saints football boss David Rath was empathetic for Hayes, but expressed his hope in eventually seeing the 26-year-old return for the club.

“Injuries like this are always difficult, but this one seems particularly cruel,” Rath told

“Jack’s journey to the AFL was long and unconventional, but ever since joining our club he really grabbed his opportunity with both hands.

“Knowing Jack will miss the rest of the year is disappointing, but as a club we’ll wrap our arms around him and make sure he’s got all the support he needs throughout his rehab.

“Jack’s a terrific person and a great footballer and we look forward to seeing what he can do in 2023.”

Hayes averaged 12 disposals, 4.6 marks and two clearances to start the season, also booting six goals in sharing his time between attack and ruck.

The former Woodville-West Torrens star ventured to Moorabbin in the pre-season and was recruited by the Eagles as a Supplemental Selection Period signing.