St Kilda forward Max King has been ruled out of Round 1 due to the AFL’s new concussion protocol.
Under the new ruling, players who suffer a concussion must be listed as unavailable for a minimum of 12 days – ruling him out for the club’s season opener against Greater Western Sydney.
King suffered the unfortunate injury when playing golf with friends at Brighton public golf course, per The Herald Sun’s Jon Ralph.
Update: Saints say he was struck with a golf ball when playing while out with mates on Thursday. What a bizarre injury to miss with https://t.co/VPqoC3rpdL
— Jon Ralph (@RalphyHeraldSun) March 14, 2021
King was struck in the temple by a stray golf ball by a friend whose shot had shanked so horribly it struck the tall-forward who was standing nearly parallel to his playing partner.
St Kilda Chief Operating Officer Simon Lethlean said the club would absolutely adhere to the AFL’s new strict concussion protocols.
“It’s obviously a blow to lose Max for Round 1, but player health and wellbeing – particularly when it comes to concussion – is paramount,” he said, per the club website.
“We’ll continue to monitor Max over the next week and take every measure necessary to ensure he is on track for Round 2.”
Hunter was selected in the supplemental selection period – an acquisition which looks like a masterstroke considering the Saints two best ruck options are both sidelined.