Max King will miss the opening round of the 2021 season after suffering a concussion away from the club.

The 20-year-old was struck in the head by a golf ball on Thursday afternoon, and upon consultation with club medical staff, was confirmed to have mild concussion symptoms.

In line with the AFL’s latest concussion protocols, King will be mandated to spend a minimum of 12 days on the sidelines.

“It’s obviously a blow to lose Max for Round 1, but player health and wellbeing – particularly when it comes to concussion – is paramount,” Chief Operating Officer Simon Lethlean said.

“We’ll continue to monitor Max over the next week and take every measure necessary to ensure he is on track for Round 2."