St Kilda’s Max King set for lengthy stint on the sidelines after training injury


St Kilda’s Max King is set to miss ‘months’ of football following a shoulder injury at training.

The 22-year-old left the track early on Monday after a marking contest and is awaiting scans to confirm the extent of the injury.

King is likely to require a shoulder reconstruction.

Executive GM of Football Geoff Walsh spoke on the delay to the star forward’s 2023 preparations.

“Obviously this is an extremely disappointing setback for Max,” Walsh said according to the club’s website.

“He had come back for pre-season in really great condition, which is a credit to his professionalism; a trait we know will stand him in good stead as he works through his rehab over the next few months.

“The recovery and rehabilitation period for this injury will be a number of months, which we will provide updates on as he progresses through his rehab program – suffice to say his return to play will not be until the season is well underway.”

King played all 22 games in 2022, slotting 52 majors in a career best season.

Despite his goal-kicking woes (52.41), the 202cm forward started showcasing his untapped potential and impressive athleticism throughout the year.

Tim Membrey (34 goals) and Jack Higgins (30) followed King in St Kilda’s leaderboard before a large drop off to Dan Butler (19) and Jade Gresham (16).

King’s recent shoulder injury is yet another major setback for the Hailerbury product, who missed the entire 2019 year after an ACL tear.

This is a massive blow to new coach Ross Lyon’s second time at St Kilda, as the club is looking to return to play finals after one series (2020) in over a decade.

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