Former-SMJFL star Max King will to debut his AFL career against North Melbourne on Sunday at Marvel Stadium.
The former-East Sandringham JFC player was selected by St Kilda Football Club as No.4 draft pick in 2018.
The Saints showed great faith in Max King’s talent as they selected the young hopeful just six months after rupturing his ACL.
Through heavy rehabilitation in 2018, the 19-year-old is now poised to take centre stage.
Max King played in the SMJFL from U10s through to U17s, representing East Sandringham JFC alongside twin brother Ben, who now plays for the Gold Coast Suns.
Max played a total of 119 matches for East Sandringham JFC and was an AFL Victoria Metro Representative aged 15.
King then played eight matches for the Sandringham Dragons, aged 18, before being drafted by the Saints in 2019 and playing for Sandringham’s VFL side the same year.
The key forward will don the iconic No.12 guernsey on Sunday, last worn by St Kilda royalty Nick Riewoldt.
King told St Kilda Football Club that the moment he was handed the jumper by the legend was “unimaginable”.
“If I can have half the career he had I’ll be happy. I hope I can do Nick, the club and the supporters proud,” said King.
Although the Saint is yet to debut, footy legends have already weighed in on the young player’s skills.
AFL great Matthew Lloyd spoke on Sportsday in February, and said King was an undeniable talent.
“I think Max King, as an individual, could add 10,000 members to the St Kilda Football Club over the next two to three years by what he will do and the excitement,” said Lloyd.
“That’s what he can do for St Kilda as an individual.”
The Saints will take on North Melbourne on Sunday 22 March at 1:10pm at Marvel Stadium.